Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz have been named co-chairs of Lawyers United for All Families which will fight against Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment which would define marriage as between one man and one woman.
“Our constitution is a hard-earned gift from those who preceded us, and an enduring promise to those who will follow us,” said Mondale a Democrat in a statement. “It should be used to protect individual liberty, not to take it away.”
Added Blatz a one-time Republican legislator: “At this crossroads in Minnesota’s history we must not allow our state’s constitution to get caught up in the prevailing winds of the day. We may disagree on how best to recognize committed same-sex couples, but I believe quite firmly that legislating this issue by constitutional amendment is both inappropriate and a threat to the legacy of our state.”
Both Mondale and Blatz will speak at a Thursday fundraising reception for Lawyers United for All Families which will benefit Minnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign working to defeat the amendment in November.
On Meet the Press this morning Vice President Joe Biden sat down with David Gregory and bacame the highest ranking American official to back marriage for gay and lesbian people (Since out “fierce advocate continues to evolve to this day)
Igor Volsky at Think Progress has reported that Vice President Joe Biden told NBC’s David Gregory this morning that he is “absolutely comfortable with the fact of men marrying men, and women marrying women.” He added, however, that “the President sets the policy” Biden also credited his acceptance to the show Will & Grace, which aired on NBC from 1998 to 2006 and featured numerous gay characters:
GREGORY: Have your views evolved?
BIDEN: The good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out what all marriages at their root are about. Whether they are marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals. […]
GREGORY: You’re comfortable with same-sex marriage now?
BIDEN: Look, I am Vice President of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights. All the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that. […] I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far. People fear that is different and now they’re beginning to understand.
Interesting… “Just Jack” and Karen Walker has done more for same sex marriage with the Vice President than the Human Rights Campaign . LOL typical