Durbin Statement on Senate Passage of Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON  U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement on Senate passage of the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act:

“Today, the U.S. Senate stood up to Justice Clarence Thomas’ radical, regressive vision for America with passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.  This bill ensures that the federal government must always recognize a marriage between two individuals if the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed.  It also guarantees that valid marriages between two individuals are given full faith and credit in all states, regardless of the couple’s sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.

“I want to thank my colleagues, Senators Baldwin, Collins, Portman, Sinema, and Tillis, for their leadership on this bill, as well as the millions of Americans who shared their stories about what it would mean to have another fundamental constitutional right stripped away.”