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Yes. Biden was off-script on gay marriage comments

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

Vice President Joe Biden, might be excluded from the Obama campaign's "Sunday meetings," but you can bet his gay marriage comments on Meet the Press, yesterday, were a topic of serious discussion.

The New York Times reports that Biden's comments set off a "scramble" by aides to point out that his unscripted remarks were not a change of policy.

The White House denied that Mr. Biden was acting as a surrogate for the president on Sunday, saying that Mr. Biden’s views, influenced by gay friends and fund-raisers, had changed and that, with characteristic candor, he was willing to volunteer them at length.

"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," Biden said on Sunday, "And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction-- beyond that."

BIden also suggested that the TV show 'Will and Grace' helped Americans to accept gay relationships.

"I think Will and Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody's ever done so far," Biden said. "And I think-- people fear that which is different.  Now they're beginning to understand."

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