Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Christopher Vasquez | NCLR Director of Communications
415-365-1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Biden signed the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies same-sex and interracial marriage and family equality into Federal law for the first time in history at a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. 

NCLR has issued the following statement: 

This afternoon, President Biden not only ended the discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act, he also enshrined marriage equality into a federal statute for the first time in the history of the United States,” said NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon. “By signing the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act into law, President Biden once again demonstrated his unwavering commitment to protecting equality for all. 

Following this historic moment for LGBTQ individuals in America, NCLR remains dedicated to working with Congress to pass the Equality Act – a goal the President has confirmed is a major commitment for his Administration to ensure that all LGBTQ individuals are able to live their lives free from discrimination no matter who they are or where they live.” 


The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. Since its founding 45 years ago, NCLR has maintained a longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and the most underrepresented in the LGBTQ community. www.nclrights.org