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Georgetown Professor Named Counsel to Vice President Joe Biden

Georgetown University Law Center professor Victoria Nourse will now serve as counsel to Vice President Joe Biden, according to a press release from the University. Many of Biden’s official positions are at odds with Catholic teaching.

In the 2012 vice presidential debate, Biden, a Catholic, indicated that he accepts Church teaching on abortion in his private life, but not in his public life. Though earlier in his political career he took a more moderate stance toward abortion, even voting to restrict it in certain circumstances, Biden’s current position is decidedly pro-abortion rights. outlines Biden’s record on life issues, including support for pro-abortion legislation and the lowest possible rating by the National Right to Life Committee.

Also, in a 2012 interview with Meet the Press, Biden stated: “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one other are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”  Later, in a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he said, “I got criticized for saying I support gay marriage … I just decided I couldn't be quiet about it anymore.”

Nourse will now be Biden’s “chief lawyer,” says Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor, who expressed great pleasure at the appointment, in the press release.

Nourse has reportedly served as adviser to Biden before, as his senior adviser when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, advising him on such legislation as the Violence Against Women Act. Her other professional activities have included serving as junior counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, arguing appeals for the Department of Justice, and composing scholarly works such as the chapter in the book Transcending the Boundaries of Law: Generations of Feminism and Legal Theory entitled “The Accidental Feminist.”

In the Georgetown press release, Treanor hailed Nourse as “extraordinarily well-equipped to serve in this important role.”

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