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Respect For Marriage Act Vote Delayed

By Charlotte Robinson, September 16, 2022

Though the Respect for Marriage Act was passed in a bipartisan victory in the U.S. House of Representatives news came yesterday that a vote in the Senate will be postponed until after the midterm elections. Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National stated, “At a time when LGBTQ+ people, their families & allies are being targeted for harm in communities across the country, Senators had a chance to firmly assert that every couple deserves the freedom to marry & that LGBTQ+ families deserve respect. A vote for the Respect for Marriage Act is not about politics; it’s about our families & our values as a community & as a nation. Especially at this moment, it is disheartening that some Senators held back a vote because they are unwilling to publicly support something as fundamental as love.” Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO concluded, “It’s shameful that the expected movement on the much-needed Respect for Marriage Act will now be delayed. Equality under the law should be above election year politics. This bill is about treating families with dignity and respect – not about advancing individual political agendas. Any Senator who opposes bringing this bill to the floor as soon as possible is out of touch with the supermajority of Americans who know that marriage equality is about ensuring that everyone, including same-gender & interracial couples, can live with dignity & respect. LGBTQ voters & their allies must turn out in record numbers in this election to vote for lawmakers who will bravely stand up for treating all Americans fairly and equally, regardless of their political party. At the end of the day, all fair-minded lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who believe in love, commitment & family need to get this bill over the finish line.”

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