(HorizonPost.com) – The Respect for Marriage Act, which formalizes federal protections for gay and interracial marriages, was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Tuesday, making it a historic day.
CNN and MSNBC carried Biden’s remarks and his signing of the legislation, while Fox News chose not to.
Biden exclaimed, “Today’s a good day!” during an event on the South Lawn of the White House.
He said that America made a significant step toward equality, toward liberty, and toward justice for all people, not just some. Everyone!
Biden said it created a world where morality, respect, and love are valued, protected, and recognized.
In 2012, when he was the vice president, Biden discussed his support for gay marriage on NBC’s Meet the Press-
“Look, I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition: who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out is what all marriages at their root are about, whether they’re marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men and women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying men and women are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties and, quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”
In 2006, Biden said the exact opposite to Tim Russert.
Several years after the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage the law of the land, Biden praised the bill during his speech on the South Lawn.
As he signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law, he said that the decision to marry or not, as well as the choice of a spouse, is among the most important ones a person can make.
“And as I’ve previously stated and some of you may recall, on a particular TV show ten years ago, I got into trouble, marriage is a straightforward proposition: who do you love? Will you remain devoted to the one you love? That’s how complicated it is,” continued Biden.
Biden didn’t discuss what he said 16 years ago.
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