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Joe Biden Calls Gay Marriage 'The Issue Of Our Day'

09/15/2013 09:16 pm ET | Updated Sep 16, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden retreaded his support for gay marriage in a speech at Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) annual steak-fry fundraiser on Sunday.

In a speech hitting economic opportunity and celebrating President Barack Obama's leadership, Biden merited his own defense of gay rights.

“A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any longer,” he said. “It’s the civil rights of our day. It’s the issue of our day.”

He was referring to a 2012 incident in which "Meet The Press" host David Gregory asked Biden whether he was "comfortable" with gay marriage.

"I am vice president of the United States of America," Biden replied. "The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another 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."

Biden publicly defended gay marriage only a week ago, at the 19th anniversary celebration of the Violence Against Women Act. In touting the recent reauthorization that extends protections to members of the LGBT community, Biden once again recalled the 2012 interview in which he beat the president to announcing support for gay marriage.

"I make no apologies on the issue of marriage," he said.

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