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Love is Love: Joe Biden signs same-sex, inter-racial marriage bill into law

By Winnie Onyando December 15th, 2022 2 min read

United State President Joe Biden has signed landmark legislation to protect same-sex and interracial marriages at the federal level.

According to the Head of State, the law will promote equality, liberty and justice not just for some, but for everyone. While signing the bill, Biden said that all that matters in a relationship is loyalty.

“Marriage is a simple proposition. Who do you love? And will you be loyal to that person you love? It’s not more complicated than that,” Biden stated.

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He also noted that interracial couples and same-sex couples have been denied equal treatment for decades.

“For most of our nation’s history, we denied interracial couples and same-sex couples these protections. It failed to treat them with equal dignity and respect. And now, this law requires an interracial marriage and same-sex marriage must be recognized as legal in every state in the nation,” added Biden.

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision. But the court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision in June, overturning a right to abortion at the federal level, raised concerns about federal protections for other rights.

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Human Rights and Civil Rights organizations are the Civil rights campaigning in support of same-sex marriage, while the most prominent opponents are religious groups.

The legal issues surrounding same-sex marriage in the United States are determined by the nation’s federal system of government, in which the status of a person, including marital status, is determined in large measure by the individual states.

The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month by a vote of 258-169, with significant support from Republicans.

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Since July 9, 2015, married same-sex couples throughout the United States have had equal access to all the federal benefits that married opposite-sex couples have.

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