Pingree Urges Swift Approval of Respect for Marriage Act in House
Washington, November 29, 2022
Following Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to protect same-sex and interracial marriages, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) called on House leaders to urgently take up the bill and send it to President Biden’s desk:
“When the Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia in 1967 and Obergefell v. Hodges nearly 50 years later, those decisions should have forever cemented the rights of two consenting adults to marry regardless of the couple’s race or sexual orientation. But this summer Justice Thomas made it clear that the Court was coming for equal marriage rights next,” said Congresswoman Pingree. “That’s why it is absolutely critical that the House act swiftly to send the Respect for Marriage Act to President Biden’s desk. The civil rights of millions of married couples should not be put at risk by an overwhelmingly polarized and bigoted Supreme Court.”
The Respect for Marriage Act would require the federal government to recognize a marriage between two individuals if the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed and would guarantee that valid marriages between two individuals are given full faith and credit, regardless of the couple’s sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin. The bill would not require a state to issue a marriage license contrary to state law.
The Respect for Marriage Act:
Pingree and the House passed an earlier version of the Respect for Marriage Act in July with bipartisan support. The Senate amended the bill to add protections for religious liberties, which passed by a vote of 62-37 on November 16.