The vice president of the United States made news on NBC’s long-running Meet the Press this weekend, coming out publicly in support of same sex marriage.
Joe Biden, often criticized for his frequent campaign gaffes, told David Gregory that he is “absolutely comfortable” with the idea of gay marriage – a position that runs counter to the public stance of the Obama administration.
Perhaps realizing he had overstepped his boundaries, Biden was quick to qualify his statement. “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.”
After the show, the vice president’s staff was quick to clarify that their man was speaking only for his personal beliefs and not those of the administration.
Some political watchers will inevitably deem this conversation another "Biden gaffe," though it's equally likely that the vice president's movement on this issue may serve as a rallying cry for the left wing of the party that has been disappointed with President Obama's slow "evolution" on the contentious social issue.
See the revelatory moment below: