Breaking News: United States of America: United States President Joe Biden signs Respect for Marriage Act during White House South Lawn ceremony after passing United States Congress last week.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Sources: The White House, United States Senate and United States House of Representatives (Information)

Pictures: The White House (Courtesy)

United States of America: United States President Joe Biden has signed the Respect for Marriage Act during White House South Lawn ceremony held on Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 after the bill passed the United States Congress last week.

Reports that thousands of people gathered on the White House South Lawn for the ceremony for the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act becoming law.

“Today is a good day. A day America takes a vital step toward equality, for liberty and justice — not just for some, but for everyone. Toward creating a nation where decency, dignity and love are recognized, honored and protected,” said United States President Joe Biden as he took the podium after Vice President Kamala Harris.

The signing ceremony included performances from Grammy winner Sam Smith, who announced in 2019 they were nonbinary and use they/them pronouns, who performed their hit song “Stay With Me,” followed by Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper performed the hit song “True Colors.”

“Look, we’re here today to celebrate their courage and everyone who made the day possible. Courage that led to progress we’ve seen over the decades, progress that gives us hope that every generation will continue on our journey toward a more perfect union,” said United States President Joe Biden.

A White House official said that notable guests attending the signing ceremony included Club Q founder Matthew Haynes and two survivors of the shooting that happened just at the Colorado Springs, Colorado, LGBTQ nightclub, in November 2022.

Other attendees included a survivor of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people in Orlando, Florida, and plaintiffs and counselors from the Obergefell and Loving Supreme Court cases.

As United States President Joe Biden finished signing the law to cheers from the crowd, Lady Gaga’s pro-LGBTQ song “Born This Way” began to play.

Last week, the Respect for Marriage Act passed the United States Senate passed 61-36 and the United States House of Representatives 258-169-1.

The Respect for Marriage Act would requires all states to recognize same-sex marriages, a relief for hundreds of thousands of couples who have married since the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that legalized those marriages nationwide.

While the bill would not set a national requirement that all states must legalize same-sex marriage, it would require individual states to recognize another state’s legal marriage.

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