House of Representatives to Vote on Respect for Marriage Act

After Uncle Clarence stated the Extreme Court should overturn the right to marry whom you love and Senator Cancún Cruz said the Extreme Court was “wrong” to have states “permit” gay people to marry, the US House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on the Respect for Marriage Act. The bill is expected to pass the House but will inevitably die in the US Senate because that’s how Fundie Freaks roll.

The Respect for Marriage Act will protect same-sex and interracial marriages. “The bill “would repeal a leftover law still on the books from the Clinton era that defines marriage as a heterogeneous relationship between man and woman. It would also provide legal protections for interracial marriages by prohibiting any state from denying out-of-state marriage licenses and benefits on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity or national origin.

The 1996 law, the Defense of Marriage Act, had basically been sidelined by Obama-era court rulings, including Obergefell v. Hodges, which established the rights of same-sex couples to marry nationwide, a landmark case for gay rights.”

Besides wanting to codify same sex and interracial marriage so certain states won’t have the legal right to discriminate, “Tuesday’s vote in the House is part political strategy setting up an election-year roll call that will force all lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats, to go on the record with their views on the high-profile social issue. It’s also part of the legislative branch asserting its authority, pushing back against an aggressive court that appears intent on revisiting many settled U.S. laws.”

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