On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden used an Independence Day celebration and speech in Philadelphia to compare gay marriage to the Civil Rights Movement and push for more gay marriage.
According to The Hill, “[Biden] said he was reminded of two Philadelphias, one where the Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago and the other in Mississippi where civil rights workers were murdered in June 1964, two weeks before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.” After saying that the two Philadelphias helped give meaning to the words “all men are created equal,” Biden reportedly said that gay marriage was the next battle to expand the “notion that all men are created equal.”
“You should be able to marry whomever you love,” he said, adding, “We have a lot more to do to fulfill the promise and meaning of the Declaration.”
Biden, who is considering a run for president in 2016 and has actively courted liberal gay activists, jumped Obama on the gay marriage issue in 2012 by announcing his support for it on Meet the Press before Obama officially flip-flopped in favor of it. Obama was then forced, in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, to declare his support for gay marriage earlier than he had wanted. Obama reportedly froze out Biden after Biden’s comments on Meet the Press.