‘Historic day’ or ‘undeniable harm’? 5 reactions to Senate passing same-sex marriage bill

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The Human Rights Campaign, a prominent LGBT activist group, released a statement celebrating the passage of the act, considering it a historic victory for their cause.

HRC President Kelley Robinson was quoted in the statement saying that “love won” with the bill’s passage, calling it “a much-needed victory for our community.”

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“Today, with the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act in the Senate — a historic moment that marks the first federal legislative win for LGBTQ+ equality in over 10 years, since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell — the 568,000 same-sex married couples in this country can breathe a sigh of relief that their marriages will be protected from future attacks,” stated Robinson.

“The fact that this bill passed with strong bipartisan support — earning the votes of 12 Republicans — again demonstrates that marriage equality enjoys growing bipartisan backing, is supported by a wide swath of the American people and is not going anywhere.”

Robinson added that “marriage equality is here to stay” and saw it as “just the beginning” in an effort to do more to “fight with and for our transgender community, our BIPOC community, and our youngest community members.”

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