WASHINGTON — Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is putting his voice — and face — behind the marriage equality effort in the state, calling it "the fundamental, defining civil rights issue of our time."
In a video for Equality Delaware, provided exclusively to BuzzFeed Wednesday, Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, talks about his support for marriage equality and the importance of achieving marriage equality in the state.
"Any effort to dictate who we love and to whom we commit ourselves is unfair and it is wrong," Biden, a Democrat, said, "All Delawarians should be able to marry the person they love."
Although the state currently has civil unions available to same-sex couples, a bill is expected to be introduced this spring in the legislature to allow same-sex couples to marry. According to a recent poll conducted for Equality Delaware, 54 percent support marriage equality there and 37 percent oppose it.
"Attorney General Biden has always been a steadfast champion for treating every citizen equally under the law," said Equality Delaware president Lisa Goodman. "To have his support — as our highest law enforcement official and as a veteran — is a true honor. The momentum continues to grow as we anticipate a marriage bill in the coming weeks."
In the past month, Biden also joined other states' attorneys general in urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's Proposition 8 marriage ban and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Gov. Jack Markell, also a Democrat, also has said he supports the marriage equality bill, calling marriage equality "inevitable."
Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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