Speaking to David Gregory of Meet the Press this morning, Vice President Joe Biden stated that he now supports gay marriage. That is not a position that the Obama administration currently supports, and Biden did not predict if the president would do so in an second term. One must suspect, though, that Obama approved Biden's statement beforehand–and that Biden cleared the way for the president to finally "evolve" from supporting civil unions to embracing marriage equality in a second term. Watch, via Think Progress:
GREGORY: Have your views evolved?
BIDEN: The good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out what all marriages at their root are about. Whether they are marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals. [...]
GREGORY: You’re comfortable with same-sex marriage now?
BIDEN: Look, I am Vice President of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights. All the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that. [...] I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far. People fear that which is different and now they’re beginning to understand.