U.S. House Approves Carbajal-Backed Bill to Protect Marriage Equality
House approves bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act co-sponsored by Carbajal after recent Supreme Court opinion striking down Roe v Wade opened door to overturning other fundamental rights
Washington, July 19, 2022
Tags: Voting and Civil Rights
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Congressman Salud Carbajal to enshrine the marriage equality for same sex and interracial couples, repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and provide additional legal protections for marriage equality.
In a vote of 267 to 157, the House today approved the Respect for Marriage Act to codify the right of marriage of equality guaranteed by Supreme Court decisions in Obergefell and Loving, and prohibit states from denying the marriages of other states based on the sex, race, ethnicity or national origin of the spouses.
“In 2014, we celebrated the landmark marriage equality win for same-sex couples in our nation’s highest court, just as our previous generation had celebrated the same win for interracial couples nearly fifty years before. But unfortunately, our current radical Supreme Court has not only gutted reproductive rights, they’ve done so by explicitly opening the door to overturning other fundamental rights for millions of Americans,” said Congressman Carbajal. “I will not stand idly by while this far-right Court erodes the rights of Californians. That is why I backed this bipartisan bill to make it clear that these rights that have been acknowledged by previous courts cannot and should not be denied.”
Today’s vote in the House comes less than a month after a recent Supreme Court decision overturned the right to abortion while opening the door to undoing other fundamental rights—including targeting the Constitutional basis for same-sex and interracial marriage equality.
The Respect for Marriage Act would:
The Respect for Marriage Act is strongly supported by leading national organizations including: ACLU, Center for American Progress, Equality Federation, Family Equality, Freedom for All Americans, GLAD, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Women’s Law Center, and PFLAG.
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