Will they support marriage equality or not? That’s the question facing Senate Republicans. Supporters of the Senate version of the House Respect For Marriage Act believe they are close to finding 10 Republican votes to gather the 60 votes needed to pass the measure and overcome a filibuster. But many Republicans were very quiet whether or not to support the bill. A common answer is that they didn’t looked at the bill — a four-page document — yet.
The time it takes just to confirm that eight other members of the GOP will vote yes to the measure is in stark contrast to the lightning speed with which the House introduced and passed the bill. It aims to legally codify marriage equality for LGBTQ and multiracial couples and would effectively cut off anticipated attempts to throw the US back into darker times by banning marriages for some based on sexual orientation or race.
The time it takes just to confirm that eight other members of the GOP will vote yes to the measure is in stark contrast to the lightning speed with which the House introduced and passed the bill.
With 47 House Republicans voting in favor of the bill, it seems like conservative lawmakers have figured out something very important: They can’t be the party of family values and be in favor of depriving many of their constituents of the right to be a family at the same time.
Now we wait and see how many Republicans in the Senate have also recognized this.
As a journalist who has covered many similar pieces of legislation, this subject is also particularly personal. For many queer people, marriage is not even a goal. In many communities, it’s still seen as what boring heteronormative suburban gays do. I say this as someone who does wants to marry one day, and bears an aching heart at the fact that marriage was legalized for me when my last serious relationship ended – and may be taken away just as I’ve moved in with a new partner and set out to explore again domestic bliss.
But regardless of whether it’s a knot you want to tie (or not), everyone from staunch Republican voters to anti-assimilationist queer activists agree it is one To the right people should have. Marital equality was never about assimilation – it was about putting an end to a separate but equal society where only some people have basic rights, including financial security and child protection and stability, while others are viewed as less so and these do not deserve equal rights and relational recognition.
A majority of American voters from all political parties have supported equal marriage rights for same-sex couples since 2021, the yearbook Gallup Survey of Values and Beliefs 55% of Republicans, 73% of Independents, and 83% of Democrats believed same-sex marriages should be legal. This year Gallup reported on it 71% – up from 70% last year – of Americans support marriage rights for LGBTQ people. That number has increased every year since the Obergefell v. Hodges was legalized. It may explain why 47 members of the Republican House of Representatives voted in favor of the Respect For Marriage Act in this era of bipartisanship and division over all things politics.
Decades of advocacy and activism have led to this moment: LGBTQ people are more visible and accepted in mainstream society than ever before, and marriage is a fundamental part of that. We are open and proud, able to live authentically at work, school and in communities without having to hide our partners and identities for fear of consequences. Another Gallup opinion poll This year, it was found that 7.1% of the US population identify as LGBTQ, with the number increasing with each younger generation, to the point where 1 in 5 members of Gen Z are known to be LGBTQ.
This visibility has led to increased discrimination. A 2022 Report by GLAAD found that 70% of LGBTQ people said personal discrimination had increased in the past two years. Not to mention the dozens of discriminatory state laws that have been proposed to put LGBTQ youth in a closet they never needed to be in. But change is inevitable; When it comes to LGBTQ equality, the train has already left the station.
The GOP claims to be for family values. LGBTQ people now have families. families with children.
LGBTQ people serve at all levels of government, from the federal cabinet down. Secretary of Transportation and Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten have worked openly and lovingly to show millions of people just how popular and likeable gay couples can be. Buttigieg’s unspoken campaign slogan might as well have been, “We’re boring and suburban, just like you.” We’re a far cry from the resignation of former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who resigned in 2004 while stoking a scandal and threats with one spread a new sentence that quickly entered the discourse: “I’m a gay American.”
But the current conservative composition of the Supreme Court threatens to halt the progress that LGBTQ communities have fought hard for. When Judge Clarence Thomas said the court’s decision in cases like Obergefell, which guaranteed same-sex couples the right to marry, and Lawrence v. Texas decriminalizing LGBTQ intimacy to “reconsider” triggered such a panic across LGBTQ communities across the country. How could it not? After all, the nation had just watched as the court ruled to abolish the constitutional right to abortion — even though a majority of Americans disagreed.
Even considering removing constitutional protections for the LGBTQ community would not just go with what the majority of the American people, including the majority of Republicans, want. But at the moment everything seems possible.
Now is the time for the Republican legislature to act. The GOP claims to be for family values. LGBTQ people now have families. families with children. How would a Wanda Sykes or a Neil Patrick Harris, let alone the countless other LGBTQ parents across America, explain to their children why the Supreme Court took away their parents’ marriage and why the government didn’t do anything about it? When did family breakdown become the mandate of the Family Values Party? These questions should haunt you 157 Republicans in the house who chose versus the Respect For Marriage Act, and it should give senators a break willing to cast their own votes. Republican voters made it clear that they support marriage equality. Now it’s up to Republican senators to listen.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/senate-gop-cant-be-party-of-family-and-vote-no-on-marriage-equality-rcna40521 Senate Republicans are too quiet on marriage equality