Sens. Lee and Romney on different sides of advancing Respect for Marriage Act
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s U.S. Senators are on opposing sides of the Respect for Marriage Act as it is currently written. In a procedural vote on Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) voted against advancing the act while Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) voted in favor.
The 67-32 vote on Wednesday allows the legislation to move forward. If it were to pass, the RFMA would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and add safeguards for same-sex and interracial marriage.
Sen. Lee’s concerns about Respect for Marriage Act
In a tweet, Sen. Lee noted concern about religious liberty protections that were reportedly added to the RFMA.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) November 16, 2022
According to the Associated Press, a proposed amendment added to the RFMA ensures that the bill does not affect the rights of private individuals or businesses that are “already enshrined in law.” The amendment also reportedly guarantees that a marriage is only between two people.
Religious freedom is protected said Sen. Romney
Sen. Romney was among 12 Republican senators that voted in favor of advancing the RFMA on Wednesday. In a tweet, Romney hailed the added measures which he said provide protections for religious liberty.
My statement on the Respect for Marriage Act: pic.twitter.com/jaVL1k0wE5
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) November 16, 2022
On Tuesday, representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that the church’s doctrine recognizing marriage as being between one man and one woman remains unchanged. In the statement, the church representative said the church is grateful to those working to assure that RFMA includes “appropriate religious freedoms while respecting the law and preserving the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.”
In her response to the RFMA vote on Wednesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall called for protections and respect for marriage equality.
Your family and the people you love deserve the same protections and the same respect given to others in this country. We see you, we support you, and we love you! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #RespectForMarriageAct https://t.co/7y64zLPbaN
— Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) November 16, 2022
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