Respect for Marriage Act
Democrats Want to Codify Same-Sex Marriage into Federal Law
Democrats want to scare Americans by telling them the U.S. Supreme Court might overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 decision that legalized same-sex marriage, and other Supreme Court decisions.
The Bible defines marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman, a definition that many Americans of faith still hold today. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell is unlikely to go anywhere.
That’s not what Democrats are telling Americans, however. They are attempting to stoke fear and anger toward the Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, arguing that other Supreme Court decisions are soon to fall.
That’s why the House already passed the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act,” which would codify same-sex marriage into federal law—a completely unnecessary protection in light of Obergefell. Moreover, the bill would likely be used to further punish Americans who hold a biblical view of marriage, despite updates to the bill to placate enough Republicans to make it pass.
Democrats included protections for interracial marriage in the bill—even though such protections are not even in question. Thankfully, interracial marriage is a guaranteed right, as it should be, under the historic Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia.
So why are Democrats including interracial marriage in the “Respect for Marriage Act?” Again, it’s a tactic to stoke unfounded fear and suspicion toward conservatives in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe.
Legal scholars and conservative justices stated that Dobbs v. Jackson, which overturned Roe, is only about abortion and poses no threat to Obergefell or any other Supreme Court precedents.
Republicans shouldn’t play along with this unnecessary political stunt, especially when it threatens to restrict religious freedom for those who believe marriage is between one man and one woman. At the very least, they should demand the strongest possible religious liberty protections be included in the bill.
Will you contact your senators right now and let them know what you think of this so-called “Respect for Marriage Act?” We’ve provided a suggested message, but feel free to change it to reflect your own concerns.