Biden publicly spoke in favor of same-sex marriage in 2012, before both President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights,” he said. “All the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”
Sarah McBride, the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, who came out as transgender in 2012, said both Obama and Biden have “continuously reaffirmed the dignity of all LGBTQ people.”
“As someone who has the privilege of knowing the Bidens personally, this simple gesture of love and support reflects their family’s goodness and warmth, qualities the country has seen time and time again from their family over the last eight years,” McBride said.
Of course, not all were pleased with Biden’s decision to officiate a same-sex wedding.
“When a prominent Catholic politician publicly and voluntarily officiates a ceremony to solemnize the relationship of two people of the same-sex, confusion arises regarding Catholic teaching on marriage and the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Bishop Richard J. Malone and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski wrote in a blogFriday. “What we see is a counter witness, instead of a faithful one founded in the truth.”
While Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who leads the Archdiocese of Washington, has yet to comment, conservative Catholics are pressuring him to weigh in.
A canon lawyer at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Edward Peters, said in a column that Biden “Went out of his way to act with contempt” and “is daring the church to do anything about it.” He also said that while no canon excommunicates a Catholic for officiating a same-sex wedding, the pope or Wuerl could “issue legislation making such officiating an excommunicable crime.”
Biden has struggled with his politics and religion, something he described as being difficult in 2007.
“As a Catholic, the hardest thing for me to do is make a judgement that other equally religious and God-fearing people who have a different decision with me on this are somehow: I can impose my view on them,” Biden said at the time.
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