Menendez Statement on Senate Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act

Government and Politics

November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act with a bipartisan vote of 61-36:

“In Congress, there are moments when you can feel the arc of the moral universe bending towards justice in real time. Today’s vote to provide federal recognition of same-sex and interracial marriage as the law of the land was one of those moments. I commend Senator Baldwin, a trailblazer in her own right, for leading a bipartisan group of Senators with urgency to secure these protections for marriages across the nation. Equality should never be a partisan issue, and with our actions today, we are protecting fundamental rights under attack in the Supreme Court, as well as reaffirming our commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and creating a more perfect and inclusive union where love always wins.”