Rosen Helps Pass Bipartisan Marriage Equality Legislation, Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement after helping pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, require states to recognize marriages legally performed in other states, and provide expanded legal protections at the federal level for marriage equality. 

“All Nevadans and all Americans deserve to be able to marry who they love,” said Senator Rosen. “While marriage equality became the law of the land nearly a decade ago, it’s clear we cannot rely on Supreme Court precedent alone to protect these rights and freedoms. I’m proud to have voted to pass the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act so that all marriages can be respected and protected under federal law. And at a time when violence against the LGBTQ+ community is on the rise, we need to continue fighting to pass legislation that will strengthen federal anti-discrimination laws and protect LGBTQ+ rights.”

In 2020, Nevada became the first state to enshrine marriage equality in its constitution. Senator Rosen has been a strong fighter for marriage equality; she is a cosponsor of the Equality Act.