So Did Biden Back Marriage Equality? Nope.

I can't say I care that much, but I'd say, based on his precise remarks, that the answer is still no. Why do I not care? This movement is about persuading ordinary Americans that gay people are human too, and that our committed relationships are worth supporting within the existing family structure, i.e. marriage, rather than in some separate, balkanized category. We will win not by begging presidents to back us (they have no role in a matter involving state legislatures, governors and courts). But here's what Biden said this morning:

GREGORY: Have your views evolved?

BIDEN: The good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out what all marriages at their root are about. Whether they are marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals. […]

GREGORY: You’re comfortable with same-sex marriage now?

BIDEN: Look, I am Vice President of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights. All the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.

Axelrod is right:

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The JFK-style caution on civil rights is still there.