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Statement on House Vote on the Respect for Marriage Act
July 19, 2022 at 5:42 pm

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July 19, 2022

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (818) 307-7387/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404) in a bipartisan 267-157 vote Tuesday, with 47 members of California’s Congressional delegation voting for the bill. The legislation would repeal the discriminatory so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” — passed in 1996 and struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 — and require federal recognition of same-sex and interracial marriages nationwide.

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang:

“Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and her pro-equality majority, the House took an important step toward safeguarding the freedom to marry for all Americans today. The Supreme Court has made clear that they cannot be relied upon to respect their own precedent or protect our civil rights, so it is imperative that Congress and President Biden use every power at their disposal to do so. That includes passing the Respect for Marriage Act, but it also includes passing the Equality Act, codifying Roe v. Wade’s right to abortion care and safeguarding the fundamental right to vote.

“It is shameful that in 2022, when an overwhelming majority of Californians and a majority of Republicans support the freedom to marry, Leader McCarthy and Representatives Steel, Kim, McClintock, LaMalfa and Conway would vote to deny loving married couples equal protection and dignity under the law. California deserves better. The communities they represent deserve better. And this is a vote that the LGBTQ+ community will not soon forget.

“We urge the Senate to join the House in passing the Respect for Marriage Act without delay. And we will continue to fight for full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people until the work is done.”


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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