Joe Biden's stance on gay marriage is good for all Latinos
Here comes a bit of a shocker: Vice president Joe Biden has just expressed that he is "absolutely comfortable" with same sex-sex marriage. This is definitely a much different take from the vague "evolving" views that President Obama said he holds and the immediate reaction from the White House was to clarify that the VP's statement in no way means any kind of official change in policy. Clearly they were a little bit uneasy about his bold statement. But, the thing is, his support of gay marriage is actually really good news for us Latinos. Why? I'll tell you.
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Although I was definitely one of the people shouting "WOO HOO!" from the rooftops, the main reason I was happy that he supported equality is because it shows that he is accepting and has an open-mind. The same kind of openness and acceptance that is important for Latinos when it comes time for a serious overhaul of the immigration system and to finally pushing through the DREAM Act.
We need someone in office, even if he's just behind the president, to support the causes that matter to us. No matter what you think of gay marriage personally, a vice president that supports equal rights for all people is one who will support all of us—whether that means supporting immigrants and children of illegal immigrants who just want to be able to go to college, Latinos already here in the U.S. or individuals in the LGBTQIA community. Joe Biden's full statement to NBC's Meet the Press was:
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.
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His support of same-sex marriage definitely warms my heart. Yes, I myself support gay marriage—but I also know that his support of one community will sprinkle into our community as well. Hopefully President Obama's support won't be too long behind—and neither will the signing of the DREAM Act.
What do you think of Vice President Joe Biden's support of gay marriage?
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