So, the suspense mounts! Will Obama complete his evolution on gay marriage and announce his support in time for the Democratic convention? Or do we have to wait until after the election?
Either way, when Obama finally announces his support Joe Biden will no doubt pronounce it a "gutsy call".
I DO HAVE A CAVEAT: Without seeing a complete transcript I am not so sure what new ground Boden broke. The Times tells us this is the key passage:
“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,” Mr. Biden said, while noting that the president, not he, sets policy on such matters.
Lacking the complete context that could be read as support for civil unions. And do keep in mind, the people claiming this is some sort of a Administration breakthrough are the advocates for gay marriage; it may well suit their agenda to pressure Obama by declaring Biden fully evolved. Back to the Times:
The vice president’s comments are likely to intensify pressure on Mr. Obama, who says he is still wrestling with his feelings about same-sex marriage, to take a clearer stance on it before the presidential election this fall, something the White House has shown reluctance to do.
Mr. Biden’s aides, in insisting that he was not deviating from White House policy, pointed to a 2010 statement by the vice president that the country was moving toward a “national consensus” on same-sex marriage. And in Sunday’s interview, Mr. Biden did not say explicitly that the federal government should recognize it.
But gay rights advocates, who spent Sunday morning parsing Mr. Biden’s words, said the president’s running mate had, in their analysis, conveyed new and unmistakable support for their biggest cause.