Will and Grace, a sitcom with LGBT individuals as central characters, aired from 1998 to 2006; a time in America where the gay rights movement was really gaining traction and momentum. The comedic show had serious and eye opening undertones that impacted millions of people, such as the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden.
During a Sunday appearance on NBC's Meet The Press, Biden stated, “I think ‘Will & Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has ever done so far. This is evolving.” Further, he said that he is "absolutely comfortable" with the aspect of same-sex marriage.
While his statements may not seem like a big deal, they are; Biden is the highest ranking member of the United States government to "come out" in support of homosexual marriage. Sure, he is comfortable with marriage between those of the same sex, but what about Obama? I doubt the two are having slumber parties in the White House with reruns of Will and Grace on loop, but are these statements of Biden an extension of the evolution of President Obama?
“Look, I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women 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," said Biden.
At the end of the day, it's politics. As a gay male in my 20's, I'm at ease knowing that gay marriage will be a possibility on a national level in the future when I am ready to settle down with a husband. Still, it makes me cringe to think of the older gay Americans that will not have that option. The evolution of Obama and his administration may appear slow for some Americans - and to an extent, it is - but in retrospect, when one reflects on history, when has complete and sudden change on any level been good?
Sure, we have New York and Los Angeles and Ann Arbor and Berkeley, but for the most part, many Americans are ignorant and not in touch with the reality of the world outside the context of their bibles, religious papers, or bigoted beliefs, so for now, I suppose evolution is the next best thing. For a majority of us in Generation Y, homosexuality is not a big deal, if even a concern. But, yet again, we grew up watching Will and Grace.