When the Supreme Court overturned Roe and took away the freedom for millions of Americans to make their own decisions about their body, they opened the door to revoking other freedoms, like the right to same-sex marriage. Last week, House Democrats responded by passing legislation, the Respect for Marriage Act, to enshrine the right to marry who you love into federal law. During the bill’s consideration, I went to the House floor to share a personal story and implore my colleagues to vote for the bill. Here are my remarks:
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This is personal for me. That’s the point. My family grew in love and joy because our laws allowed my daughter, Corey, and her partner, Hedya, to start a family together. I could not be happier for them and am so grateful they brought my grandson into this world.
No one, not even the Supreme Court, should be able to rip families like mine apart. The Founding Fathers built this country on freedom, justice, and equality under the law. We must ensure those values extend to every American.
Member of Congress