Response to Respect for Marriage Act

December 6, 2022

Respect for Marriage

King Avenue United Methodist Church celebrates the Senate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act. By requiring federal recognition of and guaranteeing federal protections to same-sex and interracial marriages, this legislation is an important step toward full equality for our LGBTQ+ siblings. We also recognize that this act, while requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages wherever they were performed, does not require individual states to legalize same-sex marriages within their borders, leaving open the possibility of individual states banning same-sex marriages were Obergefell v. Hodges to be overturned. While RFMA does not go as far as we might wish, we still celebrate its passage. We call on the House of Representatives to pass the bill with all due speed and for President Biden to sign it into law when it comes to his desk.

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