Respect for marriage act passes through Senate

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Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) member work concessions as a part of their community work. The GSA was founded to create a bond between those with different sexualities.

  On November 29, the Senate voted 61-36 to pass the Respect For Marriage Act (RFMA). This act creates a safeguard for the rights of interracial marriages and same sex marriages. All members of the Democratic party and 12 members of the Republican party voted in favor of the act.  

  Interacial and homosexual marriage has been fully legal since the 2015 case Obergefell v. Hodges. After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, LGBTQ+ activists were worried that the Supreme Court may target same sex and interracial marriage rights next. If President Joe Biden signs the bill into a law, it will establish safeguards and undoubtedly protect LGBTQ+ rights.

  Once this bill is signed into law all 50 states throughout the United States will be required to recognize other states marriages, even if it is a same sex or interracial marriage. 

  If the Supreme Court should choose to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, the RFMA will allow for couples to get married in nearby states in the event their home state restricts marriage rights.

  Even with all the restrictions in some states like Texas and Ohio, couples still have the opportunity to get married in nearby states and hold the same title when returning to their home state. 

 Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney believes heavily in the protection of one’s religious values. When listing reasons to support the bill on the senate floor, Romney said, “Important protections for religious liberty — measures which are particularly important to protect the religious freedoms of our faith-based institutions.” Romney successfully convinced 11 other Republican party members to vote in favor of the revolutionary bill. 

   All together the RFMA will create a safeguard for those who cannot represent themselves in their government. It is well known that most politicians do not act in the best interest of their people, let alone minority groups, so this act is a very big win for minorities all across the country, as well as the rest of the world due to the precedent it sets.

On December 13th the Respect For Marriage Act was signed by President Joe Biden thereby making the bill into law.