Other GOP lawmakers who are opposed to the bill referred to it as “pure messaging.”
By Mason Leib and Mariam Khan July 20, 2022, 3:15 AM House adopts bill to codify the same-sex marriage rights
One of them among them was Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming — who made departure from her previous position on the issue that put her publicly against her siblings and parents who is homosexual. When she was elected in 2021 Cheney was able to reverse her position and stated, “I was wrong.” (By the way, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Kevin McCarthy, from California has voted against the legislation on Tuesday.)
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. started debate on the billthe bill – The Respect For Marriage Act that would stop discrimination in the state relating to marriage on the basis of “sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.” The bill would also eliminate the Defense of Marriage Act, which was ruled to be inconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The law, Nadler said, “would reaffirm that marriage equality is and must remain the law of the land.”
“Congress should provide additional reassurance that marriage equality is a matter of settled law. All married people building their lives together must know that the government must respect and recognize their marriage for all-time,” Nadler continued.
Some legislators and advocates over the legality of marriage between a man and woman increased following Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurrence to the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson, which reversed Roe in the month preceding. In his own opinion, which was different from his fellow justices, Thomas stated that the justices will reconsider its decision regarding Obergefell Hodges v. Hodges, from 2015 which ensured nationwide equality in marriage for gays and lesbians.
Although the majority of the court was careful to emphasize that the fact that its decision to reverse Roe shouldn’t be interpreted as a signpost to future decisions, Thomas’ separate opinion raised alarm among gay people who are married.
House Democrats have scheduled the vote on a variety of bills to define rights that weren’t defined in the Constitution but were nevertheless given — or at the very least for a certain period of time, in the Roe case — through Supreme Court rulings.
“The Supreme Court’s extremist and precedent-ignoring decision in Dobbs v. Jackson has shown us why it is critical to ensure that federal law protects those whose constitutional rights might be threatened by Republican-controlled state legislatures,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement on Monday.
After Nadler’s introduction on the marriage bill on Tuesday Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio’s Republican, criticized the bill as idea a way to “intimidate” the Supreme Court and claimed that the danger to the same-sex marriage was the result of a “manufactured crisis” — calling Democrats for using legislation as a tool to influence the political process.
“Democrats can’t run on their disastrous record, they can’t run on any accomplishments less than four months before an election,” Jordan stated.
Both He as well as Louisiana Republican Rep. Mike Johnson declared that there was no need for the bill.
Nadler challenged the idea that Obergefell was ratified and the bill was not needed. “If that decision is not overturned, this bill is unnecessary but harmless. If that decision is overturned, this bill is crucial — and we don’t know what this court is going to do,” Nadler declared.
House Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise said at a press conference on Tuesday that Republicans could take their own decisions regarding the bill , pointing out the way the debates around the issue have changed for the GOP over the past 7 years that have passed since Obergefell. Surveys indicate that Americans are becoming more favorable to marriages between same genders.
“Every member obviously is going to have to make their own vote on that,” Scalise added.
In a display of Republican support for the bill New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis expressed her support just before the debate started.
“Today, I will vote to codify same-sex marriage to ensure our fellow Americans continue to have the right to equal marriage and benefits under federal law,” Malliotakis stated in a press release after saying she was sorry for her previous vote that opposed legalizing marriage between gay and straight people within New York when she served as a state Assembly.
After it’s been approved by the House The bill then moves into a divided Senate in which Republican backing is possible also, in the event of a split. It’s not clear when and if the Senate will take the bill, considering the other agendas and the looming recess.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised “to look at everything that we can do to deal with these issues,” however, Schumer has not made a commitment to pursuing this legislation until after the Senate departs for August.
“I’ve made clear my support for gay marriage years ago. I will look at what the House is doing and see what that might mean here on the Senate side,” Republican Senator. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning. She also mentioned her Supreme Court’s pro-abortion rulings and its decision ensuring contraception to married couples as rights she’d like to have codified. (Democratic House leaders House have said that this week they would also be voting on a bill that codifies rights to access contraception.)
Senator. Bill Cassidy, R-La. The senator has criticized Democrats in their formulation of the same-sex marriage proposal , but did not go on to declaring his position on the issue.
“It’s obviously settled law right now. This is a pure messaging bill by a party that has failed on substantive issues — be it inflation, crime or the [southern] border and now are looking for cultural issues in order to somehow do better in November,” he said.
The senator. John Thune, R-S.D. The senator said that the marriage bill could be the attention of a “mixed bag” of Republican votes.
The plan was presented this week by an all-party group , including Republican Senator. Susan Collins of Maine.