Rep. Jayapal: Senate Must Codify Same-Sex Marriage Before It’s Taken Away


FILE - With the U.S. Capitol in the background, a person waves a rainbow flag as they participant in a rally in support of the LGBTQIA+ community at Freedom Plaza, Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Washington. The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday, July, 19, 2022, to protect same-sex and interracial marriages amid concerns that the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade abortion access could jeopardize other rights criticized by many conservative Americans. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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The House voted to codify the right to same-sex marriage in a 267 to 157 vote on Tuesday — clearing the first hurdle for the Respect for Marriage Act. The bill rolls back the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that said marriage was only a legal union between one man and one woman. The next step is the Senate where it faces an upward battle.

While on CNN, Rep. Pramila Jayapal said the Senate must pass the bill before the Supreme Court comes after the right to same-sex marriage the same way they did the right to an abortion:

“This is a right that needs to be codified. You know, I’m the mom of a trans kid. You know, I’m big on these issues of people being able to love who they want to love and marry who they want to marry. And so, if there are 10 Republicans in the Senate who are willing to do this, I don’t know why they haven’t stepped forward before. But great if that’s what’s going to happen. I just would want to see that because I think the Republican Party has laid out a very clear agenda that was outlined by Clarence Thomas, now by Ted Cruz, by others, by the governor of the state of Texas that they want to strip away all these rights that have been codified.”

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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