Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO of MomsRising, the online and on-the-ground organization of more than one million mothers and their families, on passage of the Respect for Marriage Act by the U.S. Senate:
“U.S. Senate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, now on track to be signed into law very soon, will make our country more fair, stable, and successful. This popular, bipartisan legislation will maintain the status quo by protecting the marriages of same-sex and interracial couples. It will repeal the discriminatory, misnamed Defense of Marriage Act, and ensure that federal benefits are available to married couples no matter which state they live in.
“Equally important, this bill reaffirms the freedom to marry the person you love and protects families across the country from a U.S. Supreme Court that showed, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, that it does not respect precedent and will not protect our most fundamental liberties.
“We look forward to President Biden signing the Respect for Marriage Act into law, which will give families the security and stability they deserve. We will continue working to pass the Equality Act, to provide federal protections against discrimination targeting the LGBTQ+ community, and legislation to codify Roe v. Wade. And we will continue vigorously challenging all hateful anti-LGBTQ+ federal, state and local legislation and court cases that aim to institutionalize discrimination – and countering the cruel, inflammatory rhetoric supporters use to advance them.”