Joe Biden -Vice Presidential Running Mate for Barack Obama:
Joe Biden, a senator from Delaware has been chosen by Barack Obama as his vice presidential running mate for 2008.
Joe Biden's Political Background:
Joe Biden may have been chosen because of his long tenure in the Senate (serving since 1973) and because of his background in foreign affairs. He is the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
In 2006, Joe Biden scored a 78% from the Human Rights Campaign rankings on LGBT rights.
Joe Biden on Hate Crimes:
Joe Biden supports a transgender inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell - Gays in the Military:
Joe Biden supports lifting the ban on gays serving in the military. He said in a debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007, "Let me tell you something, nobody asked anybody else whether they're gay in those foxholes. Our allies, the British, the French, all our major allies, gays openly serve. I don't know the last time an American soldier said to a backup from a Brit, 'Hey, by the way, let me check. Are you gay? Are you straight?' This is ridiculous."
Gay & Lesbian Adoption:
Joe Biden says gays and lesbians should have the same rights to adopt children as heterosexuals.
Gay Marriage/ Civil Unions:
Joe Biden does not support gay marriage, but does support Civil Unions. See quote about marriage below. Joe Biden voted against a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He voted to support the Defense of Marriage Act
Gay and Lesbian Immigration:
Joe Biden supported the Uniting American Families Act, a bill that would allow gay and lesbian Americans to sponsor their non-American same-sex partners for immigration.
More About Joe Biden and LGBT Issues:
In an interview with Meet the Press in April 2007, Joe Biden was asked: In November 2003, you were asked, "Do you believe gay marriage is inevitable?" And you responded, "I'm not sure. I think probably it is."
Joe Biden responded, "Well, I think it probably is because social mores change. But I don't think the government can dictate the definition of marriage to religious institutions. But government does have an obligation to guarantee that every individual is free of discrimination. And there's a distinction. I think government should not be able to dictate to religions the definition of marriage, but on a civil side, government has the obligation to strip away every vestige of discrimination as to what individuals are able to do in terms of their personal conduct.
So New Hampshire coming out in favor of civil unions is OK by you?
Joe Biden: "Yes. Yes, it is."
In a statement released by the Human Rights Campaign, Presiden Joe Solmonese said, "In selecting Senator Joe Biden as his running mate, Senator Obama has chosen a proven and effective advocate for fairness and equality that our entire community can be proud of. Senator Biden’s record in the United States Senate is one of support and understanding that has been unwavering throughout his career."
Sources: Human Rights Campaign, On the Issues