.@JoeBiden: "I am the first person to go on national television in any administration to say I supported gay marriage when asked. And, it started a ripple effect. I'm not take all credit for it. But I'm the first major player."
Biden did come out even before Pres Obama on issue.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 16, 2020
During the eleventh Democratic presidential debate, Sanders outlines his consistent support of LGBTQ+ rights by noting he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act while Biden voted for it. He also notes that he has consistently voted against the Hyde Amendment – banning federal funding of abortions – while Biden has supported it. Biden responds by noting his public support of gay marriage (ahead of President Obama).