PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS – During a weekend fundraising trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts, Vice President Joseph Biden praised the LGBT community for “freeing the soul of the American people.” Added the Veep, “If I had to use one adjective to describe this community, it would be ‘courage.’ You have summoned the courage to speak out, to come out. We owe you.”
The campaign stop at Pilgrim Monument and Museum in Provincetown— which has a large permanent gay population, as well as an international LGBT tourist trade— is the latest personal outreach made by Biden to gay Americans. During an interview in May on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the vice president beat his boss, President Obama, to the punch in coming out, as it were, in supporting marriage equality.
“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, adding, “Quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”