Duncan simply said, “Yes, I do,” when asked, “Do you believe same-sex men and women should be able to get legally married in the United States?” during the interview Monday.
Duncan’s endorsement comes on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden’s comments on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, where he said he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage and that married same-sex couples should have the same rights as married heterosexual couples.
“Look, I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about, it’s a simple proposition: Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love?” Biden said. “And that’s what people are finding out, is what all marriages at their root are about, whether they’re marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals.”
Both of their positions may conflict with President Barack Obama’s “evolving” views on gay marriage. The president has not publicly come out in support of marriage equality, frustrating LGBT voters as the 2012 general election heats up. During his 2008 campaign, Obama said he supports civil union rights over equal marriage.
However, during a conference call with reporters Monday, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said in a response to a question by Reuters’ Jeff Mason that Biden’s views on gay marriage are consistent with with Obama’s even though the president has not explicitly endorsed it, according to a report by the Washington Blade.
“I think that they were entirely consistent with the president’s position, which is that couples who are married — whether gay or heterosexual couples — are entitled to the very same rights and very same liberties,” Axelrod said in response to the question. “That’s why the president and the administration has stood down on the DOMA court case and believe that the law is unconstitutional, and when people are married, we ought to recognize those marriages and import the rights to which they’re entitled.”
Duncan joins nearly a handful of administration officials who have publicly come out for same-sex marriage rights and LGBT civil rights.
In December, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton strongly urged the defense of LGBT rights during a speech she delivered for International Humans Rights Day in Geneva. “[Gay] rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” she said.