WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Friday that the country is evolving on the issue of gay marriage and he thinks it’s inevitable there will be national consensus.
Changes in attitudes by military leaders, those in the service and the public allowed the repeal by Congress of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that will eventually allow gays to serve openly in the military.
Biden said there is “an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.”
“I think the country’s evolving,” he said. “And I think you’re going to see, you know, the next effort is probably going to be to deal with so-called DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). He said he agreed with Obama that his position in gay marriage is “evolving.”
Gay marriage is still not legal in most states. President Barack Obama recently said his feelings on the gay marriage issue are evolving, but he still believes in allowing strong civil unions that provide certain protections and legal rights that married couples have.
Obama said he is still wrestling with whether gay couples should have the right to marry, now that the change in the law will allow them to serve openly in combat.
The question came just hours after he signed landmark legislation Wednesday repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. The law ends the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that forced gays to hide their sexual orientation or face dismissal.
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