I think we can all agree that Biden has not been the best president in our country's history, but there are good things that he has done. Biden recently signed a bill called the "Respect for Marriage Act," to ensure that LGBTQ+ couples are protected. I feel that this is extremely important, and ensures that couples won't be split apart, easily at least.
"This act provides statutory authority for same-sex and interracial marriages. Specifically, the act replaces provisions that define, for purposes of federal law, marriage as between a man and a woman and spouse as a person of the opposite sex with provisions that recognize any marriage between two individuals that is valid under state law," (S1).
The whole point of the bill is to have the state government view homosexual and interracial marriages as valid. All marriages in all 50 states have to be recognized by each state.
"The bill’s sponsors worked with their Senate colleagues and stakeholders to develop an amendment to the House-passed bill to confirm that the bill will not lead to the recognition of polygamous unions and has no negative impact on religious liberty and conscience protections," (S2). Iowa senator Joni Ernst voted for the Act, while senator Grassley opposed it.
Obergefell v. Hodges is the bill that was passed in 2015 to legalize gay marriage.
"Pre-Obergefell laws prohibiting same-sex marriage would be enforceable if the decision is reversed. Prohibited or likely prohibited (32), Allowed or likely allowed (19)." Iowa is a part of the 19 that before it was passed, and likely if it were to be abolished, would allow gay marriage to still take place.
I personally agree with both of these bills. I believe that gay marriage and interracial marriage should be treated like any other marriage. It shouldn't matter who you marry, love is love.
Do you believe in gay marriage?
Do you believe in interracial marriage?
What do you think about these bills?