Once again, President Joe Biden is either outright fibbing or has confused the timeline of his life, making up another story to fit a political narrative by telling Kal Penn of “The Daily Show” that he had an epiphany on gay marriage in high school. Evidently, he then forgot he opposed it for 50+ years after that.
“I’m curious what your evolution was like on marriage equality and what the federal government might be able to do to protect LGBTQ Americans, especially trans kids who are dealing with all of these regressive state laws that are popping up right now?” Penn asked the president.
“I can remember exactly where my epiphany was,” Biden replied before recounting a story that almost certainly never happened.
“Hadn’t thought much about it to tell you the truth and I was a senior in high school and my dad was dropping me off, and I remember about to get out of the car and I look to my right and two well-dressed men in suits kissed each other. I mean like gave each other a kiss. And then one went, looked like he was heading into the Dupont building, one looked like he was headed to the Hercules corporation building,” he continued.
Biden: “I can remember exactly when my epiphany [on supporting gay marriage] was … I was a senior in high school. And my dad was dropping me off and I remember I was about to get out of the car and I looked to my right and two well-dressed men in suits kissed each other." pic.twitter.com/0aHlUQ7ghJ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 14, 2023
“And I’ll never forget it, I turned and looked at my dad and he said ‘Joey, it’s simple. They love each other.’ It’s simple. No, I’m not joking. It’s simple, they love each other. And it’s never been, it’s never been, it’s just that simple, it doesn’t matter whether it’s same-sex or a heterosexual couple, you should be able to be married. So what is the problem?” Biden recounted.
Despite that fanciful historical revisionism, the president would go on to oppose same-sex marriage for over 50 years as both a senator and vice president.
Just a little more than a decade after Biden’s supposed “epiphany,” in 1973 he proclaimed that his “gut reaction” was that homosexuals in the military and government posed “security risks” to the nation, according to The Morning News. In the 1990s, Biden voted for both the Defense of Marriage Act and also threw his political weight behind a measure to defund schools that taught homosexuality as “a positive lifestyle alternative,” according to The New York Times.
I guess he forgot his high school epiphany when he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 at the age of 54. Has this guy ever told the truth about anything? Every memory is a lie with Biden.
— Norvell Bowden (@fsuglommer) March 14, 2023
As recently as 2006, Biden said on “Meet the Press” that he opposed President George W. Bush‘s proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and woman, oddly using the bipartisan consensus in favor of traditional marriage to do so.
“We already have a law, the Defense of Marriage Act, we’ve all voted, not, or I voted and others and said, ‘Look, marriage is between a man and a woman, and states must respect that. Nobody’s violated that law; there’s been no challenge to that law; why do we need a constitutional amendment? Marriage is between a man and a woman,” Biden contended.
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During the 2008 vice-presidential debate, Biden sounded off on the issue while debating former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
“Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage,” he declared, according to Reuters.
Biden did not express support for marriage equality until 2012 and then described himself as being “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women.”
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