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By Charlotte Robinson, November 17, 2022

Now that the U.S. Senate has voted 62-37 for cloture on the Respect for Marriage Act, H.R. 8404 will to move forward to the Senate floor. Kelley Robinson HRC Incoming President stated, “The devastating United States Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was a clear reminder that we are just one Supreme Court decision away from losing too many of our hard fought for rights. In the concurring opinion, Justice Thomas made the outrageous suggestion that Lawrence v. Texas & Obergefell v. Hodges should be next to be challenged. It is clear there is an urgent, dire need to ensure, once & for all, that the days of debate around marriage equality are over. The will of the people is on our side.” Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO concluded, "Any Senator who votes against this bill is casting a vote that harms LGBTQ Americans & is out of touch with a bipartisan supermajority of Americans who support the freedom to marry. Since the first legal marriages for same-gender couples took place in 2004, marriage equality has improved the lives of countless LGBTQ people & their families. As extremist politicians push anti-LGBTQ playbooks on the state level & right-wing U.S. Supreme Court justices overturn other legal precedent, the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act is an opportunity for our leaders to come together to send a message of equal treatment for everyone. All married couples, including same-gender & interracial couples, are worthy of dignity, respect & equal protection under the law.” Let’s get this done & pass Respect for Marriage Act.

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