Joe Biden: ‘National consensus’ on gay marriage inevitable (Video)


Vice President Joe Biden, appearing Friday on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” compared the nation’s changing views on gay marriage to changes in the military‘s acceptance of gays and lesbians serving openly.

“I think the country is evolving, and I think there is an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage,” Biden said. Watch here:

Biden said the next effort will likely be “to deal with” the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as a legal union exclusively between one man and one woman.

Earlier this year, a U.S. District Court judge in Boston struck down DOMA; the Justice Department is appealing the ruling.

Same-sex marriage is legal in five states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont — and the District of Columbia. DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing gay marriage, denying federal benefits to same-couples who are legally married in these jurisdictions.

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