U.S. House Approves Carbajal-Backed Bill to Enshrine Marriage Equality, Sends Bill to President Biden
House approves bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act co-sponsored by Carbajal to uphold marriage equality under federal law
Washington, December 8, 2022
Tags: Voting and Civil Rights
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to send a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Congressman Salud Carbajal codifying marriage equality for same sex and interracial couples to President Biden’s desk.
In a vote of 258 to 169, the House today approved the Respect for Marriage Act to codify in federal law 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.
The legislation, which passed the Senate last week and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden in the coming days, also repeals the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and provides additional legal protections for same-sex and interracial couples.
“Just less than a decade ago, we celebrated the landmark decision that affirmed the right for millions of Americans to marry the person they love, regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation. Unfortunately, last year the radical Supreme Court explicitly opened the door to attacking that right, for both same-sex and interracial couples, as they gutting the right to reproductive health care,” said Congressman Carbajal. “My colleagues and I are not going to stand by as our courts threaten this important progress that we have made. We are acting to codify marriage equality and make it clear to our Supreme Court that this right is not theirs to erase. I am proud to cosponsor this important affirmation of the rights of millions, and I look forward to seeing it signed into law in the near future.”
In July, the Supreme Court overturned the right to abortion and opened the door to eroding other fundamental rights—including the Constitutional basis for rulings that affirmed same-sex and interracial marriage equality.
The Respect for Marriage Act will:
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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