Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to federally protect marriage equality


Dec 31, 2009
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Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to federally protect marriage equality​

July 18 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Monday to federally enshrine protection for same-sex and interracial marriages nationwide.
The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, ensure that same-sex and interracial married couples retain equal treatment under federal law and expand legal protections for marriage rights.

The legislation comes after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas authored an opinion following the high court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade stating that the court's "substantive due process precedents" set in cases such as Obergefell vs. Hodges -- which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states -- should be revisited.

"Three weeks ago, a conservative majority on the Supreme Court not only repealed Roe vs. Wade and walked back 50 years of precedent, it signaled that other rights, like the right to same-sex marriage, are next on the chopping block," said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., one of the lead sponsors of the bill. "As this court may take aim at other fundamental rights, we cannot sit idly by as the hard-earned gains of the Equality movement are systematically eroded."