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Pelosi Statement on Senate Passage of Respect for Marriage Act

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Senate advanced the Respect for Marriage Act:

“Today, the Senate has taken an historic step forward in Democrats’ fight to defend the freedom, dignity and equality of every American.  The Respect for Marriage Act will uphold marriage equality under federal law – tearing the bigoted, unconstitutional ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ off the books for good and ensuring the federal government will never again stand in the way of marrying the person you love.

“Since the Supreme Court’s monstrous decision overturning Roe v. Wade, extreme MAGA Republicans have set their sights on additional personal freedoms.  In his concurring opinion, Clarence Thomas explicitly called on the Court to reconsider the right to marriage equality handed down in its Obergefell decision.  Once signed into law, the Respect for Marriage Act will prevent right-wing extremists from uprooting legal precedent, tearing away fundamental freedoms and upending the lives of families across the country.

“House Democrats are deeply grateful to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Equality Caucus Chair David Cicilline and grassroots advocates across America for their relentless leadership on this landmark legislation, which the House proudly advanced earlier this year.  Next week, the House will vote to send this final bill to the President’s desk.”

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