Vice President Biden Has Signed A Bill To Legalize And Defend Same-Sex And Interracial Marriages!

Biden Signs Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Legislation protecting same-sex and interracial marriage in the United States has been signed into law by President Joe Biden, an action hailed by rights advocates as a positive step in the face of concerns about a possible rollback and threats against marginalized communities.

The Respect for Marriage Act was signed into law by Vice President Joe Biden on the White House lawn Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by thousands of cheering supporters and prominent Democratic lawmakers.

It’s a good day today. A day America takes a vital step towards equality, towards liberty and justice not just for some, but for everyone – everyone,” Biden said, praising the efforts of those who had fought for “equality and justice” in the United States for so long.

Regardless of who you are or who you love, “this law and the love it defends strike a blow against hate in all its forms,” he said.

After passing the Senate at the tail end of November, the bipartisan legislation made its way through the House of Representatives on December 8.

The law “repeals and replaces” the current federal law that defines marriage as being between individuals of opposite sexes, and it prohibits states from denying “marriages from out of state on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.”

In response to concerns that the conservative majority on the US Supreme Court might move to restrict same-sex and interracial marriage, Democrats and Republicans worked together to pass the Respect for Marriage Act in October.

“Calmness Of Mind”

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who made history as the first openly gay person to hold the post, called the bill “historic” in advance of its signing on Tuesday.

Calmness Of Mind

“will give peace of mind to millions of LGBTQI+ and interracial couples who will finally be guaranteed the rights and protections to which they and their children are entitled,” she said on Monday.

After the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in 2015 that recognized same-sex marriage, hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples have tied the knot in the United States. In addition, there has been a dramatic increase in public acceptance in recent decades, with polls showing that the vast majority of people now support same-sex marriage.

By ensuring that religious institutions could continue to refuse to perform gay marriages, for example, legislators hoped to allay the fears of religious conservatives.

Additionally, states will not be compelled to grant same-sex couples marriage licenses. Nonetheless, they must acknowledge marriages that took place in other parts of the country.

Even though the majority of Republicans in Congress opposed the bill, it passed with the help of enough Democrats and Independents to prevent a filibuster in the Senate.

During Tuesday’s ceremony, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, thanked his colleagues in the legislature for their work and said, “For millions of LGBTQ Americans, today is a historic day, a day of jubilation, and a day of relief.”

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‘The Antidote To Hate Is Love’

On Wednesday, people were still worried about the spread of conservative policies on gender issues at the state level, despite the enthusiasm from Tuesday.

Vice President Biden spoke out against “callous, cynical laws introduced in the states targeting transgender children, terrifying families, and criminalizing doctors who give children the care they need.

” Mr. Biden stated, “Racism, antisemitism, homophobia, and transphobia are all intertwined.” In contrast, “love is the antidote to hate.”

The proprietor of the gay nightclub in Colorado where five people were shot and killed a month ago, as well as two survivors of the shooting, were present at the event. There have been hate crime charges brought against the suspect.

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Efforts To Further LGBT Equality

The purpose of this new legislation is to protect same-sex marriages in the event that the Supreme Court of the United States reverses its 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Interracial marriages have additional protection under the new law. The Supreme Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia, which overturned interracial marriage bans in 16 states, came in 1967.

Efforts To Further LGBT Equality

The Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that made abortion available across the country, sparked a months-long bipartisan effort that culminated with today’s signing.

Since becoming vice president, Mr Biden has advocated for greater equality for the LGBT community. He rolled back President Trump’s attempt to remove transgender people’s protections against discrimination. Pete Buttigieg, the Secretary of Transportation, is the first openly gay member of a Cabinet, and Rachel Levine, the Assistant Secretary of Health, is the first transgender person to be confirmed by the Senate as part of his administration.

Final Words

As is common practice, the three “findings” regarding marriage that were included in the law signed by Biden on Tuesday provide some additional context beyond the often technical, legal language that makes up most bills.

For one, marriage “embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” as stated by legislators, making it “the most profound union there is.”

The second conclusion recognizes the wide range of religious perspectives in the United States, with Congress finding that “different beliefs about the role of gender in marriage are held by reasonable and sincere people based on decent and honourable religious or philosophical premises.”

Therefore, Congress reaffirms that all people, regardless of religious affiliation, deserve respect.

Third, “millions of people, including interracial and same-sex couples, have entered marriages and have enjoyed the rights and privileges associated with marriage.”

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  • Karan Sirari

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