Biden Credits ‘Will & Grace’ with Advancing Gay Marriage

Vice President Joe Biden (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

By Tim Molloy

NEW YORK ( – In the same interview in which Vice President Joe Biden said he is “comfortable” with same-sex marriage, he said advances in gay rights reflected social changes. He said NBC’s “Will & Grace” “probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far” in the area of gay rights.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the work politicians have done.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Biden wouldn’t say whether the Obama administration would champion gay marriage in a second term. He noted that the president sets policy.

Obama has expressed opposition to gay marriage, but said his position is “evolving.” Biden said he believed gay married men and women should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples.

Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod later tweeted, “What VP said-that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights-is precisely POTUS’s position.”

That statement stopped short of saying gay marriage should be legal nationwide – it simply said that gay people in states where gays can already marry should have the same rights as all married couples.

“Will & Grace,” starring Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, aired on NBC from 1998 to 2006. It centered on the friendship between a heterosexual woman and gay man.

“I could not be more proud,” Messing, who now stars on NBC’s “Smash,” tweeted Sunday. “Thank you Mr. Vice President for yer support and yer words about W&G. #humbled.”

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