The Triumph of Respecting Marriage and Religious Liberty

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Dale Carpenter

“For those of us over forty, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which preemptively barred federal recognition and benefits for married gay couples, seemed here to stay. It was adopted by nearly unanimous congressional majorities and signed by Bill Clinton in the heat of a presidential election year, even though there would be no such marriages for eight years. But more importantly it reflected the views of at least two-thirds of all Americans at the time. Even after the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell, repealing DOMA was very low on the list of priorities for most LGBT-rights groups and at any rate surely could not get enough support to end a filibuster by Republicans in the Senate. But today the Senate voted to close debate on the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA), repealing DOMA and requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.” (11/16/22)