House Republicans yesterday voted against a bill with wide bipartisan support that would enshrine protections for marriage equality, after a Supreme Court opinion signaled marriage rights could be at risk
Yesterday, all eight Georgia House Republicans voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which would enshrine marriage equality in federal law, repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and provide additional protections for marriage equality.
“After a right-wing majority of Supreme Court justices paved the way for a national abortion ban – which GOP leaders admit is on the table if Republicans regain power – one justice indicated same-sex marriage could be targeted next. It’s indefensible that in 2022, all eight of Georgia’s Republican representatives in Congress voted against legislation to protect marriage equality. Democrats, once again, have voted to protect Georgians’ constitutional rights, as Republicans work tirelessly to erase hard-fought freedoms,” said Democratic Party of Georgia spokesperson Ryan Radulovacki.
Yesterday’s vote on the Respect for Marriage Act follows the Supreme Court’s decision to ignore 50 years of precedent to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to outlaw abortion, and potentially target other rights, such as the right to same sex-marriage and the right to contraception. Despite these clear threats to Georgians’ fundamental rights, every single Georgia House Republican and 157 total Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted against legislation to protect marriage equality from activist judges, just weeks after every single Georgia House Republican voted against bills to protect abortion rights and prevent states from penalizing women for travelling across state lines to access health care.