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Vice President Biden speaks candidly about equal rights

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaks during the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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It's no secret that Vice President Joe Biden is a staunch supporter of equal rights. During President Obama's re-election campaign, while the first black president was still tip-toeing around the issue, Biden came out on NBC's Meet the Press as being "absolutely comfortable" with marriage equality. He went so far as to say that he can't see a distinction between same-sex marriage and hetero-marriage.

This interview was seen as forcing Obama's hand to actively support equal rights rather than passively "supporting" while doing nothing about it. Though Biden was quick to point out during Saturday's Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Gala in L.A. that it was no surprise in the Biden household when he spoke out on Meet the Press, and he went on to say, "I told the President, when he asked me to be Vice President, two things, I wasn't going to wear any funny hats, and I wasn't changing my brand. There’s no way. I’m too old man."

Now that he is the only obvious Democratic candidate for 2016 besides Hillary Clinton, he's turning up the volume on his brand. Saturday he decided to stop acting like there even is a valid debate and started chastising those who would deny equal rights to others as being completely ridiculous.

"If you think about it, it's outrageous we're even debating this subject. I really mean it. I mean it's almost beyond belief that today, in 2014, I could say to you, as your employer in so many states, you're fired, because of who you love. I mean think about that. It is bizarre, no-no-no, it really is. It really is, I didn't even think most Americans even know that employers can do that."

He even compared the Republican way of thinking with the shirtless Russian leader they all admire so much.

"In June, the Russian government banned the dissemination of so-called propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to young people. And by the way, as the great Soviet dissident, Andrei Sakharov said, quote, 'A country that does not respect the rights of its citizens will not respect the rights of its neighbors.' And we’re seeing that today. We’re seeing that today in Ukraine."

That's exactly what this issue needs. We, as species, have evolved beyond the point of legislating based on ancient mysticism or personal bigotry. It's time to stop pretending those who would suppress others have legitimate views and give them the ostracization they so deeply deserve.

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