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Vice President Joe Biden, who in the past has backed civil unions for gay men and lesbians, says a national consensus for the legalization of gay marriage is inevitable.

Biden, in an interview Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America," said the acceptance of gay marriage will become part of public consciousness in the same way that the repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces eventually won favor with many Americans, including military leaders.

"I think the country's evolving and I think there's an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage," he said in comments also reported by the New York Daily News.

President Obama has endorsed civil unions for gays, but he said Wednesday at a White House news conference that his views on the controversial social issue are evolving. Same-sex marriage, which is strongly opposed by the Catholic Church as well as other religious and self-described pro-family groups, is legal in only a handful of states. Biden, who is Catholic, did not describe how he saw the road to legalization taking shape.

Watch George Stephanopoulos' interview with Biden below:

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Can't have religion in the USA? I have news for atheists on this board. If you go to other countries that also have separation of church and state, they do not say Happy Holidays. In France, Italy, Spain, and Greece, where you will see nativities all over the public square, by the way, they still say Joyeux Noel, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, and Καλά Χριστούγεννα. We, the USA, are the only nation, bowing to the atheist special interest groups, and completely shutting God out on all issues. By the way, they do not have gay marriage in those countries. They keep asking why we are fussing so much about it. Gays there live together and are not pushing for gay marriage. They have health care. So in the USA, they are probably pushing for gay marriage to get that health care for spouses. What will that cost us?

December 27 2010 at 10:18 AM

Just like black/whites being able to marry and woman given the right to vote. Equality will purvail in time and the time is soon. It's about time!

December 27 2010 at 10:17 AM

When this country agrees to legalize same sex marriages we will suffer like we have never suffered before. It is an abomination before God. I will never accept it no matter what laws are passed.

December 27 2010 at 10:13 AM

Here's the thing - so-called "gay marriage" is not a mandate for all people, it is an opportunity for a segement of our society who experience the kind of emotional love that makes them want to be married but who are currently denied the right to fulfill that expression of love. Not all gay people even want to get married, any more than all straight people want to get married. It is no attack on the family as all people by virtue of being born into this world have family. That gay couples may not personally reproduce (and even that is debatable - there are ways) is no hardship in a world already way over-populated. As a group, loving gay couples may be the salvation of adoption providing stable loving homes to children otherwise ignored by the majority of the heterosexual community who go right on having their own children.

Nothing is perfect in this world, but Love is about much more than simply sex, or the sex of the individuals who love. To place obstacles in the way of Love is to make the world a little more loveless and cold than it needs to be, in my opinion.

I'm not gay personally, but I have family members and friends who are and they already have made loving relationships work better than I was ever able to make work in my own life. In any event, I admire their success. They wish they could marry, and I wish they could too.

December 27 2010 at 10:12 AM

Take your bigotry and hate elsewhere.This is America. Land of the free. And that includes gay Americans.

December 27 2010 at 10:08 AM

So as a gay man I want all of you haters to walk up to me and say to may face that I can't marry the person I love! This is an equal rights issue and gay marriage will become the law of the land. Not different rights but equal rights under the law is the ONLY thing the gay community will accept.

December 27 2010 at 10:08 AM

It truly amazes me that some people see two gay people married, by civil law, are so threatened by this. Your religion can marry or not marry whoever they want. But the legal system has no right to decide who may benefit from legal marriage status and who cannot. Until 1967 there were about 15 states that would not recognize marriages between different races. Now how ridiculous does that seem 40 years later? Civilizations and ideas evolve over time. How long did it take to accept the earth was round and revolved around the sun despite the Catholic church and many people descibing the very idea as heretical?

Frankly where the US is wrong is allowing any religious person to carry out what is a civil matter. Religions can have their ceremonies, but a marriage licence and marriage should only be granted by the state. Many European countries that had overwhelmingly homogeneous populations still kept civil marriage as a right of the state to confer and not be shipped out to someone who can take an online ministry course. If a druken marriage in Las Vegas doesn't degrade the institution then how can two people who love each other and want to commit their lives to each other do anything other than honor the institution of marriage. PLEASE, No one write and tell me marriage is for procreation because then we would have to not allow infertile men or women who have had hysterectomies from marrying and surely we don't want to go there.

December 27 2010 at 10:05 AM

There will be repercussions to acceptance of same-sex marriage as part of the institution of marriage as presently exists. There is a major disconnect in the perception of what marriage is. After the definitions of the traditional marriage are reviewed, I do not think same-sex marriage will fit within the definition of tradional marriage and its purpose. Traditional marriage is established based on natural law. Same-sex marriage is an aberration. I believe the VP is mistaken in his point of view.

December 27 2010 at 10:02 AM
Bill Wirt

How can God bless America when we Americans choose to go against God's commandents

December 27 2010 at 9:55 AM

Gay marriage is a contradiction in terms. It cannot ultimately be consummated resulting in conception, for I know of no children past or present who were the products of gay marriage, which makes such an event a sham and not just semantically.

December 27 2010 at 9:54 AM +13
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