Marriage equality has been the law of the land nationwide since 2015 — but that could change under a far-right, extremist Supreme Court. The landmark decision Obergefell v. Hodges reaffirmed what we’ve always known to be true: Love is love. With the decision, marriage equality became the law of the land across all 50 states, allowing same-sex couples the same protections under federal law. Thanks to Obergefell, thousands of families are now able to live freely and proudly.
That all could change following the Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning the more than 50 years of precedent set under Roe v. Wade, which has already restricted access to abortion for millions across the country. While the decision has no immediate legal impact on marriage equality, the concurring opinion delivered by Justice Clarence Thomas invited a challenge to Obergefell in addition to other cases that have furthered LGBTQ+ rights, including Lawrence v. Texas and The United States v. Windsor.
We can protect marriage equality from future threats — but we need your help.
The Respect for Marriage Act is a crucial piece of legislation that would guarantee marriage equality remains the law of the land, regardless of what an extremist, right-wing Supreme Court could do in the future. This legislation would:
Guarantee the federal rights, benefits and obligations of marriages in the federal code. This includes, but is not limited to: social security, veteran’s spousal benefits, recognition of estate and gift taxes, joint tax filing, leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Affirm that public acts, records and proceedings should be recognized by all states. This includes adoption decrees, divorce settlements and the listing of parents on birth certificates.
The Respect for Marriage Act has already passed the House with bipartisan support - including 47 Republicans - and now awaits a vote in the Senate. 71% of Americans support marriage equality. We need to get loud, spread the word and ensure the Senate passes this bill with the 60 votes it needs.
You can help make the Respect for Marriage Act a reality. Take action.