The White House again drew on celebrity activists as it marked another legislative milestone: Cyndi Lauper performed and spoke briefly to reporters on Tuesday as President Joe Biden signed into law a bill that will protect same-sex and interracial marriage rights at the federal lebel. “I came here today because I just wanted to say thank you to President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, Vice President Harris and all the advocates on his team because for once, our families, mine and a lot of my friends, people you know, sometimes your neighbors,” Lauper told reporters in a surprise appearance in the briefing room. “We can rest easy tonight because our families are validated, because we are allowed to love who we love, which sounds odd to say, but Americans can now who we love.
Bless Joe Biden and all the people who worked on this for allowing people not to worry about their future.” Cyndi Lauper thanks President Biden for support of Same-Sex Marriage: "We can rest easy tonight because our families are validated." pic.twitter.com/rCOTUgJyWv The Respect for Marriage act would ensure that same-sex marriages rights are protected at the federal level.
The legislation passed with bipartisan support, amid fears that past Supreme Court precedent would be overturned. Lauper later performed True Colors at a South Lawn ceremony, joined by Sam Smith, who sang Stay with Me.
Last fall, the White House brought James Taylor to perform at an event to mark the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.Cyndi Lauper performs "True Colors" at White House Respect for Marriage Act Signing Ceremony.