On May 6, 2012, then-Vice President Joe Biden made history by publicly supporting marriage equality during an appearance on Meet the Press.
Joe Biden was the first national leader to support same-sex marriage, on "Meet the Press" in May of 2012. He did it without consulting anyone, despite that a majority of Americans opposed it at the time.
— Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer) March 16, 2020
Now, eight years later, the Human Rights Campaign’s Board of Directors, comprised of 26 community leaders from across the nation, unanimously voted to endorse Biden for President of the United States in the 2020 race for the White House.
HRC president Alphonso David elaborated on the endorsement in a media statement:
Vice President Joe Biden is the leader our community and our country need at this moment. His dedication to advancing LGBTQ equality, even when it was unpopular to do so, has pushed our country and our movement forward. This November, the stakes could not be higher. Far too many LGBTQ people, and particularly those who are most vulnerable, face discrimination, intimidation, and violence simply because of who they are and who they love. But rather than have our backs, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have spent the last three and a half years rolling back and rescinding protections for LGBTQ people. Joe Biden will be a president who stands up for all of us. HRC and our more than three million members and supporters will work day and night to ensure he is the next President of the United States.
David joined Morning Joe this Wednesday, May 6, to announce HRC’s endorsement and reveal that Biden would be joining David for a special livestream event today at 6:30pm ET on HRC’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
HRC previously endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
Though Biden still faces some hurdles in the lead-up to November, recent data shows him polling ahead of President Donald Trump. Back in March, Biden’s campaign released an LGBTQ policy platform that has been hailed as “the most comprehensive LGBTQ equality plan by a presumptive presidential nominee in our nation’s history.” As NewNowNext previously reported, the 17-page pitch is as much a plan for the future as it is a summary of every pro-LGBTQ policy the Trump administration has rolled back.
In 2016 Biden addressed the crowd at the third annual Logo Trailblazer Honors with a video message honoring the victims of the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. The former veep called out anti-LGBTQ laws passed in the U.S. and abroad.
“As we celebrate a year of equality in marriage, draconian state laws deny transgender Americans basic civil rights,” Biden said. “And in nearly 70 countries, it’s a crime to be who you are.”
Acknowledging that the nation was still healing from the recent massacre, Biden added, “You’re showing tonight that we are Orlando. We’re all Americans. Unbowed. Unrelenting. We endure. We overcome. We’re hopeful and we will not be silent.”
Watch the presidential hopeful’s full Trailblazer Honors speech below.