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Respect for Marriage Act heads to Biden's desk

Randy Mancini 8 December 8, 2022
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L), D-CA, poses with American LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM Edith "Edie" Windsor (R) as bipartisan Senate and House members participate in a bill enrollment ceremony for H.R.8404, the "Respect For Marriage Act" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on December 8, 2022. - The US House of Representatives passed a landmark bill Thursday protecting same-sex marriage, a precautionary measure aimed at preventing the conservative-led Supreme Court from being able to take away the nationwide right as it did with abortion. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L), D-CA, poses with American LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM Edith “Edie” Windsor (R) as bipartisan Senate and House members participate in a bill enrollment ceremony for H.R.8404, the “Respect For Marriage Act” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on December 8, 2022. – The US House of Representatives passed a landmark bill Thursday protecting same-sex marriage, a precautionary measure aimed at preventing the conservative-led Supreme Court from being able to take away the nationwide right as it did with abortion. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 11:01 AM PT – Thursday, December 8, 2022

The Democrat-led Respect for Marriage Act is on its way to Joe Biden’s desk.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the legislation in a 258 to 169 vote. Last week, the Senate approved the measure in a bipartisan 61-36 vote.

The bill requires that the federal government recognizes same sex marriages performed in states where it is legal. The bill also includes protection for interracial couples, should the Supreme Court overturn Loving v. Virginia, which bans states from outlawing interracial marriage.

Democrats celebrated the passing of the legislation. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) shared her thoughts on Twitter.  

My heart is full.

The Respect for Marriage Act will soon be the law of the land: a glorious triumph for love and freedom. pic.twitter.com/t88fCr2rlI