Sam Smith is representing the times.
Performing their hit track “Stay with Me” at the signing ceremony, fabbro, 30, changed one lyric in the song from “This ain’t love, it’s clear to see” a “Questo è amore, it’s clear to see,” which they said in an Post di Instagram Wednesday was done “to mark the historic occasion.”
“My deepest thanks to President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for inviting me to perform at the White House, it was a true honor,” Smith — who uses they/them pronouns — wrote on social media.
hanno aggiunto: “Watching President Biden sign the Respect for Marriage Act was a landmark moment for freedom of love and hopefully just the beginning of the important work ahead to continue to expand the protections of the LGBTQ+, non-binary and transgender communities; and build towards a world where love is celebrated regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality.”
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Biden, 80, signed the landmark bill on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, following the House of Representatives’ final approval of the legislation in a 258-169 vote last Thursday morning. (Gli Stati Uniti. Senato passed the bill last month, insieme a 12 repubblicani joining Democrats in support.)
The politician was joined at the signing by guests including Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, civil rights attorney Philip Hirschkop (who represented Mildred and Richard Loving in the landmark interracial marriage case Loving v. Virginia) and plaintiffs from the landmark same-sex marriage case Obergefell v. Hodges.
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Alongside Smith, Cyndi Lauper also made a musical guest appearance, where she sang her own tune “Colori veri” ahead of the legislation’s signing. Upon signing the bill, Lady Gaga'S “Nato così” could be heard as those looking on applauded the bill becoming law.
“Oggi, I sign the Respect for Marriage Act into law. Deciding who to marry is one of the most profound decisions a person can make. As I’ve said before, and some of you might remember, on a certain TV show 10 anni fa … 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,” Biden said during opening remarks, drawing on a now-famous appearance he made as vice president on Meet the Press in 2012.
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Il Respect for Marriage Act officially appeals the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defined marriage as involving a man and woman and gave states the authority to refuse recognition of same-sex couples who had married.
It was first introduced in 2009 e, though it passed the House and was moved to the Senate floor in 2011, the Senate vote never occurred. Dopo Obergefell v. Hodges — a landmark civil rights case that reached the Supreme Court and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide on June 26, 2015 — there seemed to be no reason to continue pushing for it — until the events of this year.
A giugno 24, in the most significant unraveling of human rights in modern history, the heavily conservative Supreme Court ribaltato [object Window]. [object Window], eliminating pregnant people’s constitutional right to abortion and paving a path to come for contraceptives and same-sex relationships prossimo.
The new law is not able to require state governments to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or grant them state-level marriage benefits, as states have the ultimate authority over marriage benefits, second only to the Supreme Court.
What it can do, according to language previously released, è “require the federal government to recognize a marriage between two individuals if the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed” e “guarantee that valid marriages between two individuals are given full faith and credit, regardless of the couple’s sex, race, etnia, or national origin.”