(Liberty Bell) – The “centrist” candidate former Vice President Joe Biden faces a very tough challenge in 2020, where American politics have been turned on their head and far-left is the new normal for the Democratic party.
Biden’s long history in Washington politics is going to pose a pretty big problem for him, as he has held some positions in the past that are sheer anathema to today’s left.
A decades-old clip of Biden dismissing same-sex marriage has resurfaced and reminds Americans just how much the presumed Democratic Party presidential candidate has flip-flopped one what are now considered key left-wing issues.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 19, 2020
In a Sunday tweet, former Director of National Intelligence and U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, who was the first openly gay person to hold either of those positions, shared this video. He tagged Annise Parker, the former Democratic mayor of Houston, and the LGBTQ Victory Fund, suggesting they watch the 2006 clip.
Parker was one of the first openly gay mayors of a major U.S. city and also served as the president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which BizPac Review describes as the “political arm” of the LGBTQ community.
“How does any member of the #LGBTQ community watch this and still support #JoeBiden with a straight face (no pun intended)?” conservative actor James Woods, who also shared the clip, asked in the tweet.
In the clip, Tim Russert, the late host of “Meet the Press,” asked then-Senator for Delaware, Biden, about then-President George W. Bush urging Congress to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment which would have banned same-sex marriage.
“You know, think about this. The world is going to Hades in a handbasket,” Biden said, pointing to the avian flu and a lack of police officers as more pressing than the proposed amendment.
“I can’t believe the American people can’t see through this. We already have a law, the Defense of Marriage Act,” Biden, who voted for said Act in 1996, added.
“We’ve all voted — not, where I’ve voted, and others have said, look, marriage is between a man and a woman and states must respect that. Nobody’s violated that law, there’s been no challenge to that law. Why do we need a constitutional amendment? Marriage is between a man and a woman,” he continued.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in 2013 and, in 2015, ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, making it nationwide.
Biden had voted to block the recognition of same-sex marriages when he defended DOMA in 1996, In 1994 he had voted on a measure that barred schools from teaching the acceptance of homosexuality to children by cutting off federal funds.
But as vice president, Biden seemed to make a marked turnaround from his earlier stance, as he came out in favor of same-sex marriage in 2012, days before former President Obama did so publicly as well.
“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,” Obama’s then-VP said at the time. “And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”
This moment changed the views of many about Biden on the LGBTQ issue and some are willing to overlook his past stands in favor of his current advocacy.
“He has been supporting L.G.B.T.Q. people for quite some time,” Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, told The New York Times. “And yes, we have votes that he’s taken that we wish he would have voted differently. But ultimately when we look at his entire record, he has a very strong record of supporting L.G.B.T.Q. equality.”
These resurfaced comments from 2006, however, have sparked some much-needed dialogue on Biden’s integrity on social media:
He will get a pass. Hell the media could not even acknowledge this if they watched it, doublethink won't allow it.
— Dr. Tommy (@tampadirectcare) July 19, 2020
Wow wow wow
— 808 (@hlmorrison64) July 20, 2020
Trouble is he can’t remember those day’s
— Stoker 🏴 🇬🇧I’m SpartaQus (@therocker897) July 19, 2020
Doesn't matter. No one thinks they are voting for Joe, they are voting for the far left who will be calling the shots.
— Ron Mackie (@Americalsgt) July 20, 2020