Vice President Joe Biden came very close to explicitly supporting same-sex marriage today on Meet The Press.
Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Meet The Press host David Gregory asked the Vice President, "And you're comfortable with same-sex marriage now?"
Biden replied, "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 and women marrying another 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."
So is he referring to same-sex couples that are already legally married, or is he expressing support for same-sex couples having the right to get married?
While that may be unclear, President Obama’s advisor, David Axelrod was quick to tweet the official party line, saying: "What VP said -- that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights -- is precisely POTUS's position.”
It looks like the official administration stance is all legally married couples, whether they be heterosexual or same-sex, should have the same legal rights and standing. That’s not a call to arms to give every citizen the right to marry; it’s simply a statement that those that are married should be treated equally (a stance that the Obama administration has taken for a while, hence their refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act).
For his part, Biden has said that he was speaking on his own and not on behalf of the administration.
For our part, we’re really looking forward to the Obama administration not having to speak in code.