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White House signals it is OK with marriage bill delay

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/15/2022 Naomi Lim
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The White House delegated legislative strategy regarding a bill enshrining same-sex and interracial marriage into law to Congress after lawmakers announced it will not be considered until after the midterm elections.

While the delay means Democrats can campaign on the issue and "extreme" conservatism before November's midterm cycle, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre emphasized President Joe Biden's position on the marriage bill.

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"We believe the Senate should find consensus, just as the American people have," Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday. " The president has been clear that the right to marry whom you love is non-negotiable. And he's been steadfast in his support for marriage equality, as well as the need for this legislation given the Supreme Court's extreme actions, so this right is protected everywhere."

"As far as the mechanics of this and how this moves forward in the Senate, we leave that to Congress," she said. "We leave that to the leadership in Congress."

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the first openly gay woman elected to the House and Senate, told reporters earlier Thursday she is confident the marriage bill will pass post-election. Baldwin had been working with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on the bill to better reflect concerns about religious freedom.

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The marriage bill gained momentum after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas welcomed legal challenges to substantive due process precedents similar to Roe v. Wade in his Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization concurring opinion. Thomas's ideas were not included in the Dobbs majority opinion.

 

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