Respect for Marriage Act Signed Into Law

December 15, 2022

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law, which offers protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. Unfortunately, the law does not require all states to perform same-sex and interracial marriages. However, it does require every state to recognize all marriages, including those performed in other states.

The Respect for Marriage Act came about after concern that the Supreme Court will overturn the 2015 decision that legalized same-sex marriage in every US state, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year.

New York State Assemblymember Harry Bronson, who was at the White House when the act was signed into law, stated: “Today, the president signing the Respect for Marriage Act has said that the country has finally recognized that love is love, no matter who the humans being are. It could be same-sex couples, interracial couples – love is love, and we need to respect that, honor it, and celebrate it.”

Source: 13 WHAM

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