Love is love. It’s past time we protect marriage equality in federal law.
Freedoms are the foundation of the American Dream, allowing us to chart our own destinies. This week, the Senate took a critical step forward in our efforts to protect a fundamental freedom: a couple’s freedom to marry.
On a bipartisan vote, we advanced the Respect for Marriage Act, which would enshrine marriage equality and provide additional legal protections for same-sex and interracial couples across our country.
I was proud to support it, and I look forward to getting this bill across the finish line soon.
Every American should have the freedom to marry who they love — without interference from the government. As a state senator, I worked with marriage equality advocates across New Hampshire to lead the push to make our state one of the first in the country to pass marriage equality into law.
Now, we are working to reaffirm to millions of Americans that they can commit their love, joy, and partnership to whomever they love.
As we work to pass this legislation into law, I hope its progress sends a resounding message to our youngest Americans: that who you love should never carry stigma nor shame, and that your love is celebrated at the highest levels of our democracy.
With every good wish,
Senator Maggie Hassan