President Biden will sign the Respect for Marriage bill into law Tuesday with a ceremony at the White House.
The bill, which codifies same-sex and interracial marriage protections into federal law, was approved by both chambers of Congress in bipartisan votes.
“Today, I sign the Respect for Marriage Act into law – a landmark civil rights bill that honors the courage and the sacrifice of generations of couples who fought for marriage equality and equal rights,” the President said in a message posted on Twitter Tuesday.
Today, I sign the Respect for Marriage Act into law – a landmark civil rights bill that honors the courage and sacrifice of generations of couples who fought for marriage equality and equal rights.
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 13, 2022
Guests for today’s ceremony include Judith Kasen-Windsor, the widow of marriage rights activist Edie Windsor, Matthew Haynes, the owner of Club Q, and Michael Anderson and James Slaugh, survivors from the massacre that occurred at the LGBTQ+ venue last month, The Advocate reports.
The Respect for Marriage Act was introduced in the House this year, following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. In an opinion released after the ruling, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the Court might use the precedent established in the overturning of Roe to revisit other cases, such as Obergefell v. Hodges.
The bill is intended to codify same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law in the event that the Court overturns this or other rulings that protect marriage rights.
“While we are one step closer on our long journey to build a more perfect union, we must never stop fighting for full equality for LGBTQI+ Americans and all Americans,” President Biden said in a statement last week, following the bill’s final passage in the House.