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For Immediate Release

Amanda Johnston,

President Biden Signs the Respect for Marriage Act

Statement from Janson Wu, Executive Director of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders


This is a joyful day. Millions of couples and their children across the country now have the assurance that their families will continue to be respected by our state and federal governments because President Biden has signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law. The effort to pass the Respect for Marriage Act spanned decades and involved the work of so many. The law's passage this year demonstrates the strong and growing support for equality among Americans of all political parties and from all walks of life.

Nearly 20 years ago Gina and Heidi Nortonsmith, together with other courageous couples, first won the freedom to marry in GLAD's Massachusetts Goodridge case. It was wonderful to see them at the White House today as Congress and the President affirmed our nation's commitment to the freedom to marry the person you love and have your family respected and protected, regardless of race or sex. Today is truly a celebration of love, equality and dignity for families like Heidi and Gina's, and for all our families.

We are grateful to President Biden and Vice President Harris, to the Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle who came together to pass this law, and to the millions of people across the country who have fought for decades to get us here. Let us take the joy and energy from this celebration to continue the work for full freedom, safety, and justice for all people.

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