The Respect for Marriage Act reached the president's desk for his signature in a historic moment that codifies the rights to marry a partner regardless of sex or race. It passed the House of Representatives on Thursday by a 258-169 vote.
The Senate approved the bill 61-36. Now that the act is signed into law, it will require the federal government and all state governments to recognize
marriages that were lawfully entered into in a state in which they are legal. It also solidifies protections for interracial couples nationwide.
"While we are one step closer on our long journey to build a more perfect union, we must never stop fighting for full equality for LGBTQI+ Americans and all Americans," Biden said. The bill repeals the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed in 1996. That act recognized marriage as "only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" and defines a spouse only as a person "of the opposite sex."
"Today is a historic day. A day for jubilation," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "By enacting this law we are sending a message to LGBTQ Americans everywhere. You too deserve dignity. You too deserve equality. That's about as an American ideal as they come."
Source: President Joe Biden to sign Respect for Marriage Act (msn.com)
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