Biden signs same-sex marriage bill into law amid Catholic bishops’ concerns – Catholic World Report

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President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) into law Tuesday during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

“Today America takes a final step toward equality, for liberty and justice, not just for some, but for everyone,” he began, “toward creating a nation where decency, dignity, and love are recognized, honored, and protected.”

The bill, which would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and recognize same-sex marriages on a federal level, has drawn criticism from Catholic leaders for not providing strong enough protections for those who believe marriage is between one man and one woman — a belief in line with Church teaching.

In his remarks, Biden, a Catholic, noted that he had expressed support for same-sex marriage during a 2012 Meet the Press interview, even before President Barack Obama did.

“Marriage is a simple proposition: Who do you love? And will you be loyal with that person you love?” he said Tuesday. “It’s not more complicated than that.”

He called the legislation a “blow against hate in all its forms.”

Biden signs same-sex marriage bill into law amid Catholic bishops’ concerns – Catholic World Report

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