President Biden Signs the Respect for Marriage Act

December 14, 2022

December 14, 2022 - Yesterday, President Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law, ensuring that the federal government respects and protects all marriages equally. Following the signing ceremony, Equality Federation Executive Director Fran Hutchins made the following statement:

“Same-sex couples across the country, including myself and my wife, can find comfort in knowing our marriages are legally protected and respected by the federal government nationwide. In a historic signing ceremony on the White House South Lawn, President Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law surrounded by hundreds of state and national LGBTQ+ leaders, advocates, and their families. At a time when the LGBTQ+ community — especially transgender people — is facing fierce assaults on our physical safety and basic liberties, today’s action is a welcome step forward to ensure that we can all live safely, with dignity and respect. We are grateful for the work of champions in the U.S. House and Senate who worked across the aisle to prove what we already know: that marriage equality is supported by the majority of the American people. We look forward to using this momentum to continue prioritizing protecting the most basic needs of our entire community, in all the communities they call home.”

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