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In an effort to counter the Supreme Court, the United States Congress passed a bill on Tuesday that aims to protect same-sex and interracial marriages. Called Respect for Marriage Act RFMA (H.R. 8404), the bill, if passed into law, will repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and codify both same-sex and interracial marriages. For more information regarding RFMA, click here.

DOMA, which was signed into law in 1996, defined marriage as “a union between a man and a woman.” Read more about it here.

According to The Guardian:

House Democrats argued that the Respect for Marriage Act is necessary to enshrine equal marriage rights into law and to protect all Americans from a conservative-dominated supreme court with an ideology that is starkly out of step with majority of the American public, and a demonstrated appetite for upending settled law.

Meanwhile, New York Congressman Mondaire Jones, an openly gay member of the House, reportedly said: “For me, this is personal.” He added, “Imagine telling the next generation of Americans, my generation, we no longer have the right to marry. Congress can’t allow that to happen.”

The push for the Respect for Marriage Act came in the aftermath of the Roe v Wade reversal by the Supreme Court and Justice Clarence Thomas’s suggestion for the Supreme Court to “reconsider” the decisions to other landmark rulings (contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage) as well. He said, “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.” Read more about this here.

The inclusive bill was passed with a 267 to 157 vote. Forty-seven House Republicans voted in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act.

The bill is now in the hands of the Senate. The New York Times, however, describes the bill’s path as uncertain. Where do the senators stand on the same-sex marriage bill so far? Find out about it here.                                                                                                  

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