CONGRESSWOMAN CLARKE ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF THE RESPECT FOR MARRIAGE ACT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 8, 2022
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act:
“The Respect for Marriage Act has passed, and history is made! This pivotal legislation preserves more than the right for gay and interracial couples to marry, but sends a powerful and resounding message that discrimination is unwelcome in our modern society. Today is a step forward for justice and a reminder that we must and will always stand up for what is right and stand against what is wrong – no matter any bulwarks or bigots blocking the way.
Allow me to send my heartfelt congratulations to the LGBTQ+ community, and to all those whose love is protected by today’s progress. I understand how many of you have fought tirelessly and fearlessly for this moment. The passage of the Respect for Marriage Act is a testament to the power of your determination and will, and it is a victory that you should relish.
As we celebrate this momentous occasion and take pride in what it represents, let us also acknowledge the work that lies ahead. Our pursuit of a world where love and equality are the norm, and where no one has to fear discrimination, persecution, or bigotry must persist. Because let me be clear: this bill was necessitated only by the threat of partisan agitators and a hostile, activist Supreme Court working in unison to regress our nation and our communities. Today, they have failed. Today, marriage equality is the law of the land. And I will always rise to ensure it stays that way,” said Congresswoman Clarke.
Yvette D. Clarke has been in Congress since 2007. She represents New York’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Central and South Brooklyn. Clarke is a Senior Member of both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Homeland Security, where she serves as Chair of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation Subcommittee.