Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s son, defended his father on Friday, saying he was touched by the elder Biden's Sunday interview in which he revealed his stance in support of same-sex marriage.
“My dad spoke from his heart on a very important issue, civil rights,” he said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday. “And that's what he's done for 30 year as a United States senator. This is a fundamental human rights issue. And I'm proud of what he said, and I'm even more proud of what the President of the United States said.”
Biden apologized to President Obama for his comments, which preceded Obama's own, several news outlets reported on Thursday.
Biden said on Meet the Press on Sunday that he was “comfortable” with same-sex marriage, a statement that launched a three-day controversy that led to Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage on Wednesday. Obama’s announcement dominated the news cycle, leading to ads and fundraising on both sides of the issue. His Wednesday tweet that “Same sex couples should be able to get married” was re-tweeted 59,492 times as of Friday morning, making it one of the most re-tweeted tweets in history.
Obama said in an interview that aired Thursday on ABC’s Good Morning America that he had already decided to endorse gay marriage at some point ahead of the election, but Biden “probably got out a little over his skis.”