Set Love Free
This evening, Vice President Biden will celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize same-sex marriages across the country at a Freedom to Marry event in New York City. Ahead of his remarks, read the Vice President’s thoughts on the importance of marriage equality.
All marriages, at their root, are about love. The Supreme Court affirmed that simple proposition by recognizing that men marrying men and women marrying women are guaranteed the same civil rights and equal protection under our Constitution afforded to my wife Jill and me, and to anyone else. We couldn’t be prouder.
Over the years — in their homes, on our staff, on the frontlines of war, and in houses of worship — Jill and I have known, stood with, and supported countless gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans who share a love for their partners constrained only by social stigma and discriminatory laws.
Now, their love is set free with the right to marry and the recognition of that marriage throughout the country.
This victory is for them, their children, and their families. And it is for generations of advocates — gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and straight — who for decades fought a lonely and dangerous battle.
People of absolute courage risked their lives, jobs, and reputations to come forward in pursuit of that basic right to be recognized, but at a time when neither the country nor the courts would protect or defend them.
As a nation, our laws finally recognize that all people should be treated with respect and dignity — and that all marriages, at their root, are defined by unconditional love.