Joe Biden Credits 'Will & Grace' For Changing Tide On Gay Rights: [ send to a friend ]
Vice President Joe Biden says he's "absolutely comfortable" supporting same-sex marriage and credits an NBC sitcom for changing the tide.
"As more and more Americans come to understand is a simple proposition: who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love and that's what people are finding out," Biden told Sunday's 'Meet the Press'. "What all marriages at their root are all about."
"The President sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, and women marrying women are entitled to the same rights and civil liberties. I don't see much of a distinction beyond that."
"When things really began to change is when the social culture changes," Biden said. "I think 'Will & Grace' probably did more to educate the American public than almost anybody's ever done so far."
"People fear that which is different. Now they're beginning to understand."
The comedy series about a straight woman and her gay best friend starred Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes.
And soon after Biden's comments, the show's former stars said they were happy to hear it.
"I'm thrilled Biden has come out in support of gay marriage and am beyond proud of what he said. Thank you Mr. Vice President for your support and your words about W&G," said Debra Messing.
"Three cheers for VP Joe Biden!," added Eric McCormack. "Fantastic interview. Now who else is gonna step up?"