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Obama: Biden was 'over his skis' on same-sex marriage

May 10, 2012|By Christi Parsons
  • Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. (Bill Adams / Express-Times )

WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Vice President Joe Biden got "a little over his skis” on Sunday when he said he supported same-sex marriage on a morning TV talk show.

But Biden did it out of a "generosity of spirit," Obama said in the full interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America," broadcast today.

Obama said he had already made a decision that he would affirm the right of gays and lesbians to marry and was planning to do it in advance of the election.

"Would I have preferred to have done this in my own way?" Obama asked, answering, "Sure." But things turned out as they should have, he said.

Obama said he thinks the issue should still be worked out by the states, acknowledging that different states are coming to different conclusions, as are some pastors and others.

"As much as I respect them, as much as I understand where they're coming from," Obama said, he wanted to announce his personal decision.

"It'd be hard to argue that somehow this is something I'd be doing for political advantage," Obama said. "The politics ... it’s not clear how they cut."

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