Tue, 12/13/2022 – 09:35
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Biden signed into law H.R. 8404, the Respect for Marriage Act. With President Biden’s signature, the Respect for Marriage Act will immediately repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and ensure critical protections for same-sex and interracial marriages at the federal level. This will be the first major LGBTQ+ civil rights bill signed into law since the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
“A decade ago, then-Vice President Biden made history when he came out in support of marriage equality, and today, President Biden has made history again by signing the Respect for Marriage Act into law,” said Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01). “I thank President Biden for his leadership and support for this critical legislation. Our work, however, is not done. We need to harness the momentum of this key victory for equality and guarantee explicit nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ Americans in all key areas of life through the Equality Act. The House passed this legislation in February 2021, and now the Senate must do the same and send the bill to President Biden’s desk.”