5 times Joe Biden was an LGBT hero

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will present former vice president Joe Biden with the inaugural LGBT hero award, at the group’s annual LGBT Gala in New York.

“I hope this ceremony serves as a testament to the strides we’ve made for equality and inspires us to imitate Joe Biden in our support for the LGBTQ community,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement about the June 21 dinner. Biden will headline the event.

Biden has long been an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and as a result has received support from the community. Here, we highlight some of the times Biden was on our side.

1. Supported same-sex marriage, before Obama

While Biden didn’t initially support same-sex marriage, he evolved much quicker than some others. He voted in 2006 against a constitutional ban. Arguably the most important move he made on the issue came not with a vote, however, but by using his voice and the power of his position as vice president to publicly state he was in support of same-sex marriage.

Biden made the statement on May 6, 2012, during an appearance on Meet the Press, where he said he was “absolutely comfortable with gay marriage.

Obama came out in support of marriage equality three days later. Now it is the law of the land.

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