Buttigieg slams Republicans against bill protecting same-sex marriages

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday criticized Republicans, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who oppose codifying protections for same-sex marriages.

“I depend and rely on my wife every day, and our marriage deserves to be treated the same. And I don’t know why that would be difficult for a senator or a congressman,” Buttigieg said, the first openly gay US Cabinet Secretary. said during an appearance on CNN State of the Union.

On Tuesday, the House passed the Respect for Marriage Act to codify protections for same-sex marriages into federal law. Seven Republicans did not vote for the bill, while the majority of the GOP – 157 in total – opposed the measure. However, all Democrats as well as 47 Republicans were able to vote in favor of passing the bill, which is now heading to the Senate.

“I don’t understand, because such a majority of House Republicans voted ‘no’ to our wedding…hours later I was in a room with a lot of them talking about transportation policy, having what I thought were perfectly normal conversations with a lot of them about this, only for them to walk around the corner and say my marriage doesn’t deserve to continue,” Buttigieg said, referring to Republicans who voted. against the protection of same-sex marriages.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday criticized Republicans who oppose codifying protections for same-sex marriages. Above, Buttigieg testifies before the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development on April 28 in Washington, DC
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On Wednesday, Rubio came under fire on social media for calling the bill a “stupid waste of time.” CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju shared Rubio’s comment in a Tweeterand said the senator told him he would vote “no” on this legislation.

State of the Union Host Jake Tapper asked Buttigieg on Sunday for his response to Rubio’s comment and what he wants Senate Republicans to know.

“If he has time to fight Disney, I don’t know why he wouldn’t have time to help protect marriages like mine,” the transport secretary replied, referring to the opposition of the senator to Disney after the company announced that it was rejecting weddings from Florida. Parental Rights in Education Act, known as the Don’t Say Gay Bill.

Buttigieg continued: “If they [Republicans] don’t want to spend a lot of time on it, they can vote yes and move on. And that would be really reassuring for a lot of families across America, including mine.”

The Respect for Marriage Act comes amid concerns that conservative US Supreme Court justices could target same-sex marriages after a court ruling was overturned in June. Roe vs. Wadea landmark 1973 decision that gave women the federal right to abortion.

Judge Clarence Thomas issued an opinion suggesting that the Court should reconsider all “funds due to procedural precedents, including Griswold, Lawrenceand Oberefell.” Thomas said each of these precedents were “demonstrably wrong.”

Oberfelfell v. Hodges, which was decided in 2015, legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Meanwhile, in 2003, the Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that criminal penalties for buggery or private sexual acts between consenting adults are unconstitutional. In 1965, the Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that married couples have the right to purchase and use contraceptives without government restrictions.

Newsweek contacted the Republican National Committee (RNC) for comment.


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