The final passage of the legislation by Congress last week was one of the few displays of bipartisanship in deeply divided Washington.
To celebrate, Biden met on the White House lawn with a group of Republican and Democratic congressmen, as well as activists and those involved in the legal action in favor of marriage for all in the country. There were also guests from the world of music and entertainment.
tammy baldwin, The first openly gay US senator, she said she was “overjoyed” about signing the legislation, which she helped draft in Congress. “Today we make history and make a difference for millions of Americans,” he said in a statement. “We are telling millions of gay and interracial couples that we see and respect them.”
The legislation “will give peace of mind to millions of LGBTQI+ and interracial couples who will finally be guaranteed the rights and protections they and their children deserve,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, the first black and lesbian to serve as president woman, a White House spokeswoman said on Monday.
The Supreme Court of the United States has guaranteed same-sex unions since 2015. But after the court’s historic turn on abortion in June, many progressives fear losing this right.
The law promulgated today repeals previous rules that defined marriage as the union between one man and one woman and prohibits officers—regardless of the state in which they serve—from “sex, race, ethnicity or from discriminating against couples on the basis of “origin”.
The legislation was approved by all Democratic congressmen and 39 Republicans. A total of 169 members of the Conservative Party opposed it.
A large majority of Americans support gay marriage, even in Republican ranks, although the religious right disapproves of it. -The US president was one of the first political leaders to support gay marriage, at the top of the state.
Biden somewhat sidelined Barack Obama by publicly declaring himself marriage-friendly for all, at a time when the administration is looking for the best way to make the position official of the Democratic president running for a second term .
“It’s a simple question: Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be faithful to the person you love?“, Joe Biden said in a television interview, which gave a lot to talk about.
He said, “I don’t have the slightest problem with equal rights for men to marry men and for women to marry women.”
Once in the White House, the 80-year-old Democrat appointed Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation, becoming the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to the position of responsibility.
In addition, Biden authorized US passports that allow the declaration of gender “X” and not just “M” (male) or “F” (female). It also lifted a ban on transgender people serving in the military, which was put in place by former Republican President Donald Trump.