Rep. Eshoo Applauds Passage of Marriage Equality Bill

December 8, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, applauded passage of H.R. 8404, the Respect for Marriage Act. This bill repeals the Defense of Marriage Act, which banned federal recognition of same-sex marriage. H.R. 8404 protects marriage equality for federal purposes, including LGBTQ+ marriages and interracial marriages, and provides additional protections at the state level.  

“I’m proud to have voted against the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act when it passed in 1996, and today I’m proud to vote to repeal this policy once and for all,” said Eshoo. “In this post-Roe world, every right based on the Due Process Clause is at risk, including marriage equality. Today Congress took action to protect the right to same-sex and interracial marriage on the federal level, proactively preserving these fundamental rights before the Supreme Court may overturn them.”

Rep. Eshoo voted for H.R. 8404 in July when it passed the House the first time. Last week, the Senate passed an amended version of this bill with bipartisan support. With today’s vote in the House, H.R. 8404 now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.