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.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a reception for young leaders in the LGBT community, at the Naval Observatory Residence, in Washington, D.C., September 19, 2012. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
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.
Vice President Joe Biden takes a selfie with guests during a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House, June 24, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Now, their love is set free with the right to marry and the recognition of that marriage throughout the country.
Vice President Joe Biden meets with global LGBT advocates, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
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.
Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Human Rights Campaign spring board meeting, March 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
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.
The White House is lit with the colors of the rainbow in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, June 26, 2015. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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.
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