Biden Says Gay Issues 'Evolving' in U.S.

Friday, December 24, 2010 - 5:06pm

WASHINGTON— The country is evolving on the issue of gay marriage, Vice President Joe Biden said Friday, and said it is “inevitable that there will be a national consensus.”

In an interview in ABC's “Good Morning America,” Biden said that the country's growing acceptance of the issue will probably lead to tackling the Defense of Marriage Act.

“I think the country's evolving,” Biden said, “and I think you're going to see, you know, the next effort is probably going to be to deal with the so-called DOMA.”

Biden also said that changes in attitude by military leaders, those in service, and the public, is what allowed the recent repeal by Congress of the “Don't ask, Don't tell” policy.

Gay marriage is only legal in some states. Massachusetts has recognized same-sex marriage since 2004. California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont recognize legal unions. These unions do allow partners all the rights and responsibilities of marriage under their individual state laws. The District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, and Washington have also created legal unions for same-sex couples. These states offer different regulations according to their respective law.

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