One of the biggest talking points for this election in regards to social issues is same-sex marriage. During the prep for the vice presidential debate, the topic was addressed by not only candidates Biden and Ryan, but also Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen and lawyer Ted Olson. All speakers, excepting Paul Ryan, are speaking in favor of the legalization of same-sex marriage and the benefits thereof.
Rep. Paul Ryan
Vice President Joe Biden
I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another 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."
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
I applaud the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly for their work on this important issue. While Maryland joins eight states that have legalized same-sex marriage, there is more work to be done. I will continue to fight to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act so that married same-sex families, including those serving in the Armed Forces, are no longer denied the 1,100 federal rights and responsibilities afforded to all other married Americans. They should not be treated as second class citizens by the federal government."
Legalizing same-sex marriage would also be a recognition of basic American principles, and would represent the culmination of our nation's commitment to equal rights.