In 1987, newly-elected Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi participated in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights
In 2022, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi signs the Respect for Marriage Act in one of her final acts as Speaker of the House
So grateful for her leadership! pic.twitter.com/zWYYiqwasG
— Anthony Close ?? (@AnthonyClose) December 8, 2022
First Senator Warnock won reelection, and now Nancy Pelosi gets to take a victory lap:
… In June, the Republican supermajority on the Supreme Court eviscerated long-standing precedent and the right to privacy with its disgraceful decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Justice Clarence Thomas took explicit aim at marriage equality: urging the court to reconsider Obergefell and upend the lives of countless families across the country. While his legal reasoning is twisted and unsound, we must take Justice Thomas — and the extremist movement behind him — at their word.
Our Respect for Marriage Act combats this threat by requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages, as long as they are valid in the state where they were performed. It also finally repeals the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, so that no future MAGA majority in Congress or president in the White House can wield this policy as a weapon of bigotry.
We soon will send this vital legislation to President Biden for signature: a glorious triumph of love, of freedom and of dignity for all.
This action is the latest step forward in House Democrats’ longtime fight for full equality, waged alongside generations of fearless activists…
Just as I began my career fighting for LGBTQ communities, I am overjoyed that one of the final bills I will sign as speaker will be the Respect for Marriage Act: ensuring the federal government will never again stand in the way of marrying the person you love.
After the Obergefell decision was announced, Jim Obergefell declared to an ecstatic crowd outside the Supreme Court: “Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court affirms what millions across this country already know to be true in our hearts: Our love is equal.”
That is a truth that Democrats proudly honor this week as we carry on our mission to build a brighter, fairer future for generations to come.
I’m so glad my former Representative lived to celebrate this day, too:
“I was here for the birth of DOMA, so I am very grateful to be here for the funeral.”
Former Rep. Barney Frank, the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as gay, attended the historic House vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriage. https://t.co/LjHBum1fQl
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) December 8, 2022
Sarah Posner: The same-sex marriage bill proves Republicans are waking up to the religious right’s shell game. https://t.co/0M5Wui0BBv
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 8, 2022
TL;DR — Repubs outside of the safest Talibangelical precincts (mostly) know how to count:
Thursday’s final passage of the Respect for Marriage Act reveals a small but important fissure in the Republican Party’s long alliance with the Christian right. The GOP backers — 39 in the House and 12 in the Senate — recognize that nearly three-quarters of Americans support marriage equality, and only a narrow minority, primarily white evangelicals, opposes it. These 51 Republicans (though still less than a quarter of the caucus) rejected false and apocalyptic claims by influential Christian right leaders that the bill would abandon religious Americans to a “woke” agenda and eviscerate their religious freedom — claims they persisted in making even after senators added expansive religious liberty protections based on their demands…
Congress passed marriage equality today.
“Love is love” has always been the slogan.
But, legal marriage matters so much after a spouse’s death.
While I celebrate love, I am thinking about everyone who had to manage their spouse’s death without a marriage certificate’s power.
If you think this is hypothetical, some kind of worst-case thinking, I leave you with two stories.
The first is the facta for the titular Obergefell decision.
Second, and this happened to me and it happened last month in San Francisco.
Armed with a valid death certificate listing me as surviving spouse, an @ATT storage manager called the police on me rather than help me once she realized I was gay.
This happens and it’s real.
The legal power in those two documents — marriage certificates and death certificates — is indescribable.
I am heartbroken to imagine how many LGBTQ Americans were denied their power and how many LGBTQ people around the world continue to be denied their power.