Not a fundraiser, mind you — but a meet-and-greet for the vice president to reach out to LGBTQ people in the entertainment industry. The event was meant to be healing. As President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden sought re-election, Hollywood's queer community felt that the administration had not done enough. Sure, Obama had signed a bill in repealing the Clinton administration's disastrous military policy, "don't ask, don't tell;" and yes, the following year, Obama had instructed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
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About Follow Donate. Support for same-sex marriage has steadily grown over the past 15 years. And today, support for same-sex marriage remains near its highest point since Pew Research Center began polling on this issue. Among people who are religiously unaffiliated, a solid majority have supported same-sex marriage since Support for same-sex marriage among white evangelical Protestants remains lower than it is among other religious groups.
Nina Totenberg. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito issued a broadside against the high court's same-sex marriage decision on Monday when the court declined to hear a case brought by a former Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue a marriage license for such couples. The two justices agreed with the decision not to hear the case but used the occasion to take a legal baseball bat to the court's decision Obergefell v. Hodges , which declared that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry under the 14th Amendment guarantee to equal protection of the law. Writing for himself and Alito, Thomas said that the court's decision "enables courts and governments to brand religious adherents who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman as bigots, making their religious liberty concerns that much easier to dismiss.
Joseph R. Biden Jr. Two years earlier, he voted to cut off federal funds to schools that teach the acceptance of homosexuality. In , Mr. Biden, in an off-handed response to a question, wondered if homosexuals in the military or government were potential security risks.