On Tuesday, President Joe Biden signed into law a landmark new federal protection for same-sex and interracial couples. This historic legislation, known as the Respect for Marriage Act, provides new federal protections for same-sex and interracial couples.
“Marriage is a simple proposition. Who do you love? And will you be loyal to that person you love?” the president asked from the South Lawn. “It’s not more complicated than that.”
The legislation received widespread support from civil rights organizations, businesses, and faith groups.
The new law officially voids the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. It mandates that states honor the validity of out-of-state marriage licenses, including same-sex and interracial unions.