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he House of Representatives passed the “Respect” for Marriage Act – sending the controversial legislation to President Biden’s desk for his signature.
The bill won approval in a 258-169 vote, after the Senate passed it 61-36 last week. The legislation now heads to the White House for President Biden’s signature into law. Despite warnings from Republicans in both chambers that the bill doesn’t do enough to protect religious liberty, 39 House Republicans voted for the bill.
The law will require the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal.
Religious liberty advocates say the law will specifically target Christians and Christian business owners for lawsuits from radical LGBT activists.
“The House voted today to prioritize virtue-signaling over protecting the freedom to hold decent and honorable beliefs about marriage,” Alliance Defending Freedom’s Ryan Bangert said. “This bill, which provides no protection or benefits that same-sex couples don’t already enjoy, deceptively gives lip service to religious liberty while undermining the First Amendment freedoms that belong to each of us.”
A number of conservative lawmakers begged Democrats to include protections for churches and religious organizations, but those pleas were ignored.
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