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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