Federal Gay Marriage Bill Passes Senate

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By a majority vote of 61-36, the misleadingly-named Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404) passed the U.S. Senate and presumably will pass the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. The bill will codify the nationwide redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples in federal statute for the first time. It passed the Senate with the help of substantial Republican support, as 12 Republican Senators – including Missouri’s Roy Blunt and Catholic Senators Susan Collins, Thom Tillis, and Dan Sullivan – voted in favor of codifying the law. The bill passed directly in the face of a statement against it by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Bishop Robert E. Barron of Winona-Rochester, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, issued the following statement in response to the Senate vote:

“We are gravely disappointed that the misnamed Respect for Marriage Act passed the Senate and continue to call for its rejection,” Bishop Barron said.

Many conservatives, religious Americans, and other Republican Senators consider the votes of the 12 Republican Senators to be a serious breach of trust, as the Act’s passage may put religious adoption agencies, housing groups, and business owners with religious objections at risk for abiding by their moral convictions. Once the Respect for Marriage Act is formally signed into law, which will almost certainly occur before the end of congress’ term on January 3rd, those who object to the law may find their own state’s judiciary as their only legal recourse, if a dispute under this law occurs. 

Read the USCCB’s full statement here.

December 2, 2022 - 11:27am

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