Watch: Joe Biden Equates Same-Sex Parenting with 'Mommy and Daddy'

by Robert Nesti

EDGE National Arts & Entertainment Editor

Friday March 27, 2020

Joe Biden has a way of saying the right things while appearing clueless. That was evident during his "Happy Hour" livestream on Wednesday night when he described same-sex parents as "mommy and dad."

Wearing a gingham shirt with an American flag badge on his lapel, Biden addressed a question from the Alabama Young Democrats Josh Coleman, the LGBTQ liaison in Birmingham, reports Pink News.

Coleman asked the former vice president why it was important for him on May 5, 2012 to publicly endorse LGBTQ marriage on "Meet the Press", a move that proved critical in pushing then-President Barack Obama's support, which came days later.

Biden answered by telling an anecdote about when he saw two men having a PDA on a street in Wilmington, Del. when he was a teenager. He said his father told him: "Joey, It's simple. They love each other. It's simple, Joey they love each other."

He went on to describe the event that precipitated his public endorsement of marriage equality a week later.

"What happened was I showed up at an event, during an event when I was the Vice President and it was in a home of a gay couple. I walked in the kitchen and met them first and they had two beautiful children — a little boy and a little girl — the way they loved their mommy and dad — two men who were, in fact, really strong men and strong people, it just impressed me so much," Biden said.

He went on to explain how President Obama embraced him when he went into the White House the next morning.

"Everyone said, 'Biden was in going to be in real trouble getting ahead of everybody on this...'When I walked in the Oval Office as I did every morning and he got up from behind the desk and gave me a big hug and said, 'Well, you said you weren't going to quiet and you were right.'"

But Jo Becker's book about the evolution of LGBTQ marriage, "Forcing the Spring" painted a different picture, reported Politico.

"Speculation that Biden's comments on 'Meet the Press' in May 2012 were meant as a trial balloon, Becker writes, came from people 'not privy to the chaos that erupted inside the West Wing after an emailed transcript of the interview landed in the inbox of the White House press team.' A furious Valerie Jarrett, Becker adds, accused Biden of 'downright disloyalty," Politico reported.

On the Thursday following Biden's "Meet the Press" appearance, CNN reported in 2012 Biden apologized to Obama for the controversy.

"Two senior administration officials said Biden and Obama met Wednesday morning, and Biden apologized for putting Obama in a tough spot. Obama responded by saying that he knew Biden was speaking from the heart, said the officials, who didn't want to be named discussing private conversations between the president and vice president," CNN writes.

But what jumped out to many in the LGBTQ community was his description of these male gay parents as "mommy and dad."

"Former Vice President Joe Biden held a livestream on Twitter last night where he took questions from young voters. During the online event, he flubbed a question on LGBTQ rights," writes LGBTQ Nation.

Below are some of the reactions to Biden's flub from across Twitter.

You can watch Josh Coleman's question 19 minutes in the "Happy Hour" livestream:

Robert Nesti can be reached at [email protected].

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