WASHINGTON - US Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday he was "absolutely comfortable" with allowing same-sex couples to marry, staking a position on a hot-button social issue that appeared to differ from that of his boss, US President Barack Obama.
In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Biden was pressed on whether the Obama administration would seek to legalize gay marriage in a second White House term. He said he personally was open to the change.
"The president sets the policy. 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," Biden said.
Obama has said he favors civil unions but has stopped short of endorsing gay marriage. However, Obama has also said his views on the issue were evolving.