Marriage equality in  question…biblically

The week’s opinion is one that has, to this point, already met with much debate, objection and argument. On Tuesday of last week, by a vote of 61-36, the Senate passed House Bill 8404 or the Respect for Marriage Act. This legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) is, “to prevent discrimination, promote equality, and protect the rights of all Americans.”

In actuality, the “Respect for Marriage Act” bill passed in the House of Representatives on July 19 and was confirmed by the Senate a week ago during the 117th Congress’s 2021-2022 sessions. From, the bill provides statutory authority for same-sex and interracial marriages as well as repeals and replaces provision 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 recognizing a marriage that is valid under state law. (The Supreme Court held that the current provisions were unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor in 2013)