Biden signs law to federally protect same-sex and interracial marriages

The bipartisan bill will offer federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages.

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On Tuesday, President Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law. The bipartisan bill will offer federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages.

The Respect for Marriage Act cleared Congress with bipartisan support.

“The road to this moment has been long, but those who believe in equality and justice – you never gave up,” Biden said.

Thousands of people celebrated the “bill that codifies same-sex and interracial marriages” with a large gathering on the South Lawn of the White House, according to NPR. As a country, 68 percent of Americans support same-sex marriages, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which is up from 42 percent in 2004.

While Republican voters “have lagged in support of same-sex marriage,” this week’s NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed that 43 percent were in support up from 19 percent in 2004, according to Gallup. The percentage is up, but still shy of a majority.

The signing of the Respect for Marriage Act repeals DOMA, according to NPR.

During the celebration on Tuesday, Biden vowed to “continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve.”

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