Transcript for House passes historic bill protecting same-sex marriage
- Back here in the US and to Capitol Hill tonight, the House has passed the Respect for Marriage Act, protecting same-sex and interracial marriages. Rachel Scott tonight on the last-minute efforts by some Republicans urging lawmakers not to sign this.
RACHEL SCOTT: Tonight a rare moment of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill. Congress passing landmark legislation to protect same-sex and interracial marriages.
- The motion is adopted.
[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]
RACHEL SCOTT: 39 Republicans in the House and 12 in the Senate joined every Democrat to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages. Some Republicans called the bill unnecessary, pleading with their party to vote no.
- I hope and pray that my colleagues will find the courage to join me in opposing this misguided and this dangerous bill.
RACHEL SCOTT: More than 70% of Americans support same-sex marriage. Momentum for the bill grew after the Supreme Court overturn "Roe v. Wade." Justice Clarence Thomas signaled the high court should reconsider rulings like same-sex marriage. Today's historic vote personal for members like Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator.
- We can put to rest the worries of millions of loving couples who are concerned that someday an activist Supreme Court may take their rights and freedoms away.
- President Biden plans to sign this bill in a matter of days. Tonight, he is praising the bipartisan action taken by Congress. And it was an emotional moment here on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seen wiping tears from her eyes. This is one of the last pieces of legislation that will be passed under her leadership. David.
DAVID MUIR: All right, Rachel Scott live in DC. Rachel, thank you.
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