Respect for Marriage Act - November 16 2022

Nov. 16, 2022 - The United States Senate is set to vote on the federal Respect for Marriage Act today.  The federal law, which is expected to pass, would ensure marriage recognition between states should Obergefell be overturned at some point in the future by the conservative-leaning Federal Supreme Court.  The law would ensure that states not recognizing or barring same-sex marriages in a post-Obergefell world would be required to recognize legal marriages from other states, at least with regard to federal rights and responsibilities. It would not, however, have an impact on rights at the state level.  The law is designed to ensure some degree of protection in a worst-case scenario for marriage equality, while still on a firm states' rights standing to guard it from future legal challenges.  It is arguably the most important milestone for LGBTQ+ rights since the June 2015 Obergefell vs Hodges ruling. 

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