LGBTQ+ folk on Delmarva watch Respect for Marriage Act as it heads to House
DELMARVA – LGBTQ+ individuals and those in interracial relationships are one step closer to being guaranteed the right to marriage.
Respect for Marriage Act
Tuesday night, the United States Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act.
The legislation repeals, and replaces, the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman; spouse is also being redefined from a person of the opposite sex. The bill also rolls back and reworks provisions that do not require states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states that prohibit the denial of marriage based on sex, gender, race, ethnicity, or national origin.
Reaction in Rehoboth Beach
Here on Delmarva, CAMP Rehoboth says they’re feeling a sense of celebration.
“Having the right to marry the one you love is a fundamental concept of family. The Respect For Marriage Act certainly aligns with our mission of supporting fundamental rights for all,” said Vice President of CAMP Rehoboth’s Board of Directors, Leslie Ledogar.
Same-sex marriage was legalized in Delaware in 2013. While Ledogar says she is grateful that her home state offers protections to married LGBTQ+ folk, other states that do not still pose an issue.
“There are 35 states that have statutes or Constitutional amendments that ban same sex marriage,” said Ledogar. “If one of our members of our community decided to move to one of those states, there is a chance if the Supreme Court precedents were overturned, as Justice [Clarence] Thomas suggested in his dissent to the Dobbs opinion, then there’s a chance that my marriage to my wife would not be recognized in those states.”
Waiting On The House
For that reason, Ledogar says many in Delmarva’s LGBTQ+ community are still waiting for the other shoe to drop. The United States House of Representatives could vote on the measure as early as next Tuesday.
“We’re such a small state, and we have such a sense of community. I think it’s probably safe to say that everyone knows someone who is in a same sex relationship or an interracial relationship. And, we really are family here in Delaware,” said Ledogar. “I’m always struck by the relationships we have, and the closeness of this community. So, my message is, I just think as President Biden said, that we truly are on the brink of affirming the fundamental truth that love is love.”