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"Vast majority" of House Democrats are with V.P. Biden on marriage equality


Vice President Joe Biden said he’s “absolutely comfortable” with marriage equality, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan didn't mince words: He is for same-sex marriage.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa even endorsed including a same-sex marriage plank in the national party platform.

Today, according to The Hill, Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) said that there are “mixed views” among House Democrats....

“But a vast majority of our caucus is where Biden is."

With so many groups and prominent individuals openly supporting marriage equality, and polls showing that more and more Americans agree, more pressure is being exerted to add it to the 2012 platform... which puts the president in the uncomfortable position of either frustrating gay rights voters or their opponents.

Fred Sainz, vice president for communications at the Human Rights Campaign:

If not for Obama’s reluctance, he said, “this would be something that would sail into the platform.”

Just say yes, Mr. President.


VIDEO: Education Secretary Arne Duncan supports marriage equality


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Yesterday, V.P. Joe Biden said he's "absolutely comfortable" with marriage equality. Happily, he has company. On MSNBC's "Morning Joe,"  Education Secretary Arne Duncan was asked if he supports same-sex marriage, and he replied: "Yes, I do."

According to the latest CNN/ORC International Poll, a majority of Americans (53%) believe marriages between gay or lesbian couples should be recognized as valid, while 45% disagree with the notion.

"I do." Not only the best answer he could have given, but the choice of words was ironically spot on.


Quickie: President Obama offered Colin Powell a Cabinet Position


Today's Quickie is pulled from Jonathan Alter's new book, The Promise:

Obama offered Colin Powell the job of secretary of education, Alter writes, and gave it to Duncan only after Powell turned him down.

After Powell's U.N. presentation on behalf of BushCo, I'm glad he refused the post. He's a distinguished man with a lot to admire, but that was the ultimate buzz kill.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?