The US House passed the Respect for Marriage Act on Thursday . The bill has been sent to President Joe Bidens desk for his signature .
Washington, DC, December 9, 2018: The US House passed legislation on Thursday to protect same-sex and intersexual relations.According to CNN, the bill has been sent to US President Joe Biden's desk for his signature in order to make it into law.The House vote was 258 to 169, with 39 Republicans supporting the bill, according to the committee.According to CNN, the Houses approved the Respect for Marriage Act last week, with the Senate passing the same bill by a vote of 61-36.In a speech to the House Floor, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, I rise today in absolute favor for the Respect of Marriage Act, a historic step forward in Democrats' struggle to safeguard the dignity and equality of every American.She encouraged legislators to accept the legislation and uphold the dignity of same-sex marriage and interracial marriages.Nancy Pelosi wrote, We must act now on a bipartisan, bicameral basis to combat bigoted extremism and uphold the dignity of same-sex and interracial marriages.The Respect for Marriage Act will be signed into law by April 1 and will prevent right-wing extremists from upending the lives of loving spouses, traumatizing children around the country and turning back the clock on hard work progress. We stand up today for the fundamental values that the vast majority of Americans hold dear, including the notion of equality, beauty, and divinity, and the spark of divinity in every one, she said, as well as an unequivocal reverence for love that connects two people together.Moreover, the bill does not include a national requirement that every state legalize same-sex marriage.However, not every state will allow for marriage in another country.Following the Supreme Court's decision on June 30, the vote on laws protecting same-sex marriage drew national notice. Justice Clarence Thomas urged the court to reconsider the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which recognized same-sex marriage, after the Roe v. Wade decision was overturned.