It is hardly surprising that 220 House Democrats voted to enshrine gay marriage protections into federal law. What raised eyebrows is the 47 Republicans who voted along with the Democrats for same-sex marriage.
The Tuesday vote on the Respect for Marriage Act was sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. It came less than a month after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote of the need to reassess cases dealing with LGBT rulings and other issues.
Despite the fact that there’s been no action taken to do that, leftists have been in a tizzy ever since.
Republican House leadership told party members it would not take action or make directives urging them to vote one way or the other. That did not stop one prominent senator from calling the effort a “stupid waste of time.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he will not vote to support the measure when it reaches the Senate. Rubio said elsewhere that the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide is not under threat.
In other words, it was just more Democratic posturing.
The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the prior Defense of Marriage Act, of which parts were struck down by the high court in the Obergefell decision.
The bill also included federal protections for interracial marriages, which is hardly controversial in 2022.
Its Senate prospects are uncertain, as it needs support from 10 Republicans to pass if all Democrats are on board.
The House is also expected to take up the Right to Contraception Act, which would enshrine into federal law the right to birth control access and protect a variety of contraceptive methods. If passed, it would guarantee the right of health care workers to provide contraceptive services.
This measure is also highly unlikely to face serious opposition if it does not stray into providing abortions — medically or otherwise.
Democrats are scrambling to codify what is already protected by the Supreme Court, and that’s their right. But Rubio is also right in that it is a waste of time when there are far more pressing issues that matter to more Americans than same-sex marriage. It’s high time to focus on those.