NOW: Bill Protecting Gay and Interracial Marriage Passes With 39 Republicans

( – HAPPENING NOW: With 39 Republicans joining almost all Democrats, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation today codifying protections for same-sex and interracial marriages in the United States of America.

According to the New York Post:

“The House of Representatives gave final approval Thursday to a bill that reaffirms the legality of same-sex and interracial marriage — sending it to President Biden and ending long-running debates about the issue.

“The legislation passed 258-169 with 39 House Republicans voting in favor, fewer than in a prior vote in July. The Senate passed the bill 61-36 in late November.

“Same-sex and interracial marriage were legalized nationwide by the Supreme Court — in 2015 and 1967, respectively — and the bill was drafted due to concern that the court could reverse itself after it ended federal abortion rights in June.” [emphasis added]

In what is all but certain to be one of her last floor speeches as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, stated:

“The Respect for Marriage Act will help prevent right-wing extremists from upending the lives of loving couples, traumatizing kids across the country, and turning back the clock on hard-won progress. It tears the bigoted, unconstitutional Defense of Marriage off the books for good.”