By passing this law, the US President paid tribute
a decisive step towards equality, freedom and justice, not just for a few, but for all.
It was a special moment for the US president, who made an impression in 2012 by publicly saying he was in favor of marriage for all while serving as Barack Obama’s vice president. Also present was Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has also been committed to defending human rights for a long time. LGBT+.
is a blow against hate in all its formssaid the 80-year-old Democrat, his favorite sunglasses on his nose, in the cold and sun.
It’s one thing when the Supreme Court issues a verdict, it’s another thing when the people’s elected officials vote in Congress to say loud and clear: love is love., he said to cheers from a crowd of 5,300 people unaffected by the chilly temperatures. This term has become an emblematic slogan for the fight for same-sex marriage.
The President then sat down to sign the text. When he handed his pen, as a sign of thanks, to Kamala Harris, a pipe of Lady Gaga, Born that way (Born That Way), was broadcast at full volume as the White House lit up in the colors of the rainbow.
The ceremony, which was resolutely festive, included a performance by Cindy Lauper for her song True colorswith the testimony of two lesbians, Gina and Heidi Nortonsmith, who led a ground-breaking battle in the courts to have their union and their family recognized.
Of course, the moment was also political: Joe Biden was seen hugging Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay cabinet member ever confirmed by the US Senate, and chatting with bisexual Senator Kyrsten Sinema – who just slammed the door on the Democratic Party. .
Same-sex unions have been guaranteed by the US Supreme Court since 2015. But after the high court’s historic flip-flop on abortion in June, many progressives fear that right could be unraveled as well.
The law, passed Tuesday, repeals previous laws defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. And prohibits registrars – regardless of the state in which they work – from discriminating against couples
because of their gender, race, ethnicity or origin.
It was passed in Congress by all elected Democrats and 39 Republicans, while 169 members of the Republican Party opposed it.
A large majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, including in Republican ranks. But the religious right remains the most against it.
The White House insisted that the US president had been one of the first political leaders to support same-sex marriage at the top of the state.
Until the broadcast, during the signing ceremony, of a famous passage from a television interview with Joe Biden, then Vice President, in 2012.
He had then, in a way, grilled Barack Obama’s civility by saying publicly that he favored gay marriage, while the White House was still looking for the best way to formalize the position of the Democratic president, who then launched his campaign for a second term.
It’s a simple question: who do you love? Who do you love and will you be faithful to the person you love?said Joe Biden, who took the exact same formula on Tuesday and closed the loop.