JCJ applauds the House of Representatives for passing the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404) with a bipartisan coalition. As we can no longer trust the Supreme Court to preserve rights, we call on the Senate to codify the right to marry by swiftly bringing this historic legislation to a vote and sending it to President Biden’s desk.

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After Justice Clarence Thomas argued that landmark cases for marriage equality should be revisited in his concurring opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson, it is imperative that we stand with LGBTQ+ individuals within our community and the LGBTQ+ community at-large.

The Jewish Center for Justice is mobilizing Jewish communities and LGBTQ+ activist groups as well as people of faith in support of the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act (H.R.8404). This bill will further enshrine marriage equality as the law of the land, regardless of what a far-right Supreme Court may decide. If enacted, this legislation would:

  • Repeal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and require states to acknowledge any marriage conducted in another state
  • Recognize Marriage Equality at the Federal level
  • Provide additional legal protections for Marriage Equality

Take ACTION by:

Contacting your Senators and urging them to support this important bipartisan legislation.

  • U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
  • Find your Senator!

Reaching out to your family, friends, and loved ones in states with Senators who have previously been hostile towards LGBTQ+ equality and urging them to contact their Senator in support of the Respect for Marriage Act.

If they are already supporting the Respect for Marriage Act, thank them for their support. If they have not yet supported the Respect for Marriage Act, urge them to add their name to the bill. We have provided a sample script, however feel free to speak from your heart and on your own personal experience:

Sample script:

“Hi, my name is [your name]. I’m calling today to urge [your Senator] to support the Bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act. As a Jew and member of the Jewish Center for Justice community, we believe that we are all created in the image of God, and therefore should all benefit from the same protections under the law. This bill would enshrine marriage equality for the LGBTQ+ community and protect this right from being decided on a state level. We recognize that the right to marriage equality is universal and urge you to support this bill. Thank you.” 

If United States v. Windsor (2013) and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) were to be overturned, 35 states would have same-sex marriage bans go back into effect. We cannot afford for marriage equality to be sent back to the states like abortion rights have been. We must codify the right to marry. Take Action Now!

Action Alert compiled by JCJ Fellows Ian Caplan and August Hochman.