The Respect for Marriage Act, which President Joe Biden is scheduled to sign into law Tuesday, is a great win that’s happened because our community has changed hearts and minds, says Kelley Robinson, president of the Human Rights Campaign.But much remains to be done, she says, as anti-LGBTQ+ legislation will continue to be introduced around the nation.Robinson spoke with The Advocate’s Tracy E.
Gilchrist shortly after the U.S. Senate passed the bill. The House of Representatives later approved the Senate’s version — the Senate had amended the bill after an earlier House vote — and sent it to President Biden.
The legislation will protect the marriages of same-sex and interracial couples even if the Supreme Court reverses its decisions that assured marriage equality for those couples.“I have to say, this is a win,” Robinson tells Gilchrist. “It really does matter.
My wife and I, we were in the Senate gallery during the final vote with our child. And this bill is about so much more than a celebration or a wedding party.