According to the press secretary for the Biden administration, today was a historical day. President Joe Biden signed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act into law, and LGBTQ activists, lawmakers, and drag queens surrounded him during the signing. The President signed the bill with the following words:
Today is a good day. A day America takes a vital step toward equality, for liberty and justice, not just for some, but for everyone. Toward creating a nation where decency, dignity, and love are recognized, honored, and protected.
We’re here today to celebrate their courage and everyone who made the day possible. Courage that led to progress we’ve seen over the decades, progress that gives us hope that every generation will continue on our journey toward a more perfect union.
Our elected representatives spent the past six months writing, debating, and passing the Respect for Marriage Act even though the law was unneeded. The Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015, that states cannot ban same-sex marriages in a 5-4 decision. The court action made same-sex marriage legal across the United States. According to James Howell, “This action established a new civil right for the homosexual community, and granted a long-awaited victory for gay rights advocates on a national level.”
If the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, why did our elected representatives waste time working on this bill when there are so many other critical issues taking place? Why did they work on the same-sex marriage issue when issues like the millions of people pouring over our border will have long-term effects on our nation? The only reason that comes to my mind is that the bill does more than protect same-sex marriage. I wonder what that reason is.
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