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Jayapal Applauds Senate for Passing Legislation Codifying Same-Sex Marriage

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify the right of LGBTQ+ people to marry who they love:

“After months of widespread and unrelenting attacks from state legislatures on the rights of LGBTQ+ people to participate equally and fulsomely in our society, the Senate today chose love. They chose dignity and respect. And they put our values of equality, equity, and the pursuit of happiness above hate. This is the culmination of decades of hard work from LGBTQ+ activists and organizers who refused to watch their hard-won rights rolled back by an extremist Supreme Court, and I am proud to stand alongside each one of these fierce activists and leaders to make sure we build on our collective progress, not go backwards.

“As the proud mom of an incredible trans child, I remain steadfast in my commitment to fight for her rights and for the rights of our diverse and vibrant LGBTQ+ community. This is an important step in making sure that LGBTQ+ people enjoy the same rights and benefits that everyone enjoys; that they are able to partake in one of the most basic and profound ways we as human beings show our love and commitment to one another; and that they can do so without fear that this right will ever be stripped from them.

“I look forward to passing the Respect for Marriage Act in the House and for President Biden to sign it into law as quickly as possible.”