Vice President Biden said Sunday he is “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex couples having the same rights as others, in a statement that appeared to go beyond what President Obama has said publicly on the issue.

While stressing that “the president sets the policy,” Biden described his personal view during a Sunday show interview. The Obama campaign quickly claimed Biden was merely echoing the president’s position, but the language the vice president used was certainly stronger than Obama’s past statements.

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and … men and women marrying are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”

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