The House of Representatives has passed the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify same sex marriage into law, by a bipartisan vote of 267-157.
The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and require states to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. The legislation would mandate that the federal government recognize a marriage if it was valid in the state where it was performed.
All 220 Democrats in the House voted in favor of the legislation along with 47 Republicans. But 157 Republicans voted against protecting the marriages of millions of Americans.
I just voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, which protects marriage equality for same-sex and interracial couples.
157 Republicans — who are hellbent on sending our country backwards — voted against it. pic.twitter.com/kgMTTztynJ
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) July 19, 2022
The legislation is a direct response by Democrats to the concurrence to the Dobbs decision against abortion rights penned by U.S. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. In his opinion, he very clearly spelled out his desire to revisit several landmark decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.
That list of rulings included the Obergefell decision for same-sex marriage as well as the 2003 the striking down states sodomy bans in Lawrence v. Texas and the 1965 decision striking down state bans on contraception in Griswold v. Connecticut.
The bill now goes to the Senate where it faces an uphill climb to passage. The legislation will need 60 votes to pass which means 10 Republicans would have to vote in favor. So far, the bill has one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, as a co-sponsor.
The vast majority of Americans support the right of LGBTQ people to marry. Last month, a new Gallup poll showed a record high 70% support marriage equality.
Our Respect for Marriage Act has passed the House with bipartisan support. Now, let’s have a vote in the Senate to protect marriage equality in America. pic.twitter.com/Z9eWQzPHqR
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) July 19, 2022
Marriage equality is a constitutional right. That’s why we must pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which enshrines and protects same-sex and interracial marriages.
We owe it to families to defend their right to live freely, and prevent far-right justices from taking it away. pic.twitter.com/iG9oP6jqGn
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) July 19, 2022