Respect for Marriage Act

Floor Speech

Date: July 19, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. ESCOBAR. Mr. Speaker, once again, we have gotten a glimpse into the dark future Republicans have in store for Americans unless we stop them.

The Republican-controlled Supreme Court hasn't just stripped women of the right to determine their own future by overturning Roe v. Wade, but Justice Clarence Thomas has invited attacks on access to contraceptives, private intimacy between adults, and marriage equality.

Last week, our House Democratic majority voted to codify Roe v. Wade, and this week, the House Democratic majority is here to defend your right to marry who you love. I rise in strong and urgent support of the Respect for Marriage Act.

Republicans are intent on turning back the clock to create a group of second-class citizens with limited rights. When they say they want to send these issues back to the States, that is code for wanting to ensure that State legislative bodies can eradicate civil rights protections.

If you think your hard-earned rights are protected, think again, because Republicans are coming for you. Democrats, however, are with you.

To the American public, take note of our votes, and who is with you and who is not.