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Friday, February 3, 2023

Biden signs a law protecting same-sex marriage

US President Joe Biden signed a law approved by Congress on Tuesday that shields interracial and same-sex marriage at the federal level, a victory in the fight for equality that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.

The ratification took place in a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in a festive atmosphere and with 3,000 attendees. At the start of the event, singer Sam Smith performed “Stay With Me”, while Cyndi Lauper impressed the audience with the gay community anthem “True Colors”.

Biden interjected at the end of the act and signed the legislation, smiling as the public took photos with their mobile phones.

“Deciding who to marry is one of the most personal decisions we can make,” the president said, arguing that marriage should come down to just two questions: “Who do you love?” and “Will you be faithful to the person you love?”

“This law recognizes that everyone should have the right to answer those questions for themselves without government interference,” he declared.

The law, which automatically went into effect with his signing, would serve to protect interracial and same-sex marriages after the conservative-majority Supreme Court overturned court rulings that protected those rights.

Specifically, the law prohibits any state from challenging the validity of a marriage, regardless of the gender or race of the parties, if the marriage is legal in the state in which it took place.

In addition, the bill repeals the Defense of Marriage Act approved in 1996 under the Clinton administration (1993–2001) and establishes that marriage can only be between one man and one woman, blocking recognition of same-sex unions. does.

Advocacy for marriage equality gained momentum after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, which protected abortion access for nearly half a century.

a law that reflects a change in public opinion

The ceremony was attended by the Democratic leaders of Congress, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, who recognized the work done by American activists to change public opinion about same-sex marriage and protect it by law.

“You American people are the ones who made this possible!” shouted Schumer, who wore the same purple tie she wore to the wedding of her daughter, who is gay.

Public opinion in the US has changed dramatically in recent years: in 1996, when the law establishing marriage as a union between a man and a woman was signed, only 27% of Americans supported same-sex marriage. had supported; Whereas according to Gallup the support in 2022 was 71%.

Biden himself, who voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act as a senator, has revised his position on the matter in recent years and is running for gay, lesbian and lesbian rights as a candidate in the 2020 election. promised to protect. community. Trans, Bisexual, Intersex and Queer (LGTBIQ).

One of the most significant moments of that change for Biden occurred in 2012, when he was serving as Barack Obama’s (2009–2017) vice president and unexpectedly declared in an interview on NBC that he supported marriage equality. Endorsed, comments that caused quite a stir.

At the time, Obama, who was running for re-election, had not yet expressed his support for same-sex unions.

At this Tuesday’s event, the White House played Biden’s words during that famous 2012 interview over loudspeakers, while in the background, an instrumental version of the song “America, Free” played. Biden himself recalled the incident in his speech and jokingly admitted that he had “been in trouble.”

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