Tuesday, President Biden signed into law new federal protections for same-sex and interracial couples. During the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act, Biden spoke about the moment, saying, “Marriage is a simple proposition. Who do you love? And will you be loyal to that person you love? It’s not more complicated than that.”

In attendance at the ceremony were lawmakers from both parties. Singers Sam Smith and Cyndi Lauper performed. Vice President Kamala Harris also spoke during the ceremony reflecting on the time she officiated a lesbian wedding. Also in attendance was the owner of Club Q. The gay nightclub was the scene of a mass shooting last month in Colorado. Five people were killed, and several others were injured. The suspect in that shooting has been charged with hate crimes.

While gay marriage has been legal for years, the new law requires interracial and same-sex marriage to be recognized as legal in every state. Public opinion on same-sex Marriage has shifted over the years. According to CNN, a 2021 survey showed 68% of Americans supported same-sex Marriage. Even with the more than half approval rate, many still pushed to pass federal protections for same-sex and interracial Marriage after Roe V. Wade was overturned. Biden then warned the overturn of Roe V. Wades was a “dangerous” path the Court was taking.

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