“When I think about this bill, I think about how much it matters to people in each of our lives: our family members, our co-workers, our neighbors, our friends. It affects more than one million households in this country, but each and every one of us knows someone, has a relative, or are that person who is benefiting from this bill. And that’s why it’s so important. It’s a bill that truly will make a difference in the lives of so many American families. And that’s why it matters so much.” — Sen. Susan Collins, R

“Marriage is one of life’s great gifts; it brings companionship, support, love, and joy. The decision to get married is a deeply personal choice between two people who love each other, it’s not an easy decision, and it’s not one where the government should have a say. The Respect For Marriage Act is a historic, long-overdue step to ensure Americans can marry the person they love without government interference while receiving significant tax and other benefits that come from the legally-recognized partnerships. — Sen. Angus King, I

“Today was a historic day in Washington. A decade ago, bipartisan support for marriage equality would have been unfathomable. But today, in the face of brazen and continued threats to Americans’ civil liberties from a deeply polarizing and bigoted Supreme Court, my Congressional colleagues and I – from both sides of the aisle – took action to ensure that everyone, regardless of their race or sexual orientation, has the right to marry the person they love,” said Pingree. “I proudly cast my vote today for the Respect for Marriage Act so that same-sex and interracial couples in Maine don’t have to live in fear that a future Supreme Court decision could invalidate their marriages. With passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, Congress has sent a clear message: love wins.” — Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District

“Every American deserves equal rights and protections under state and federal law, and that includes the right to marriage. I was proud to support the rights of LGBTQ Mainers by voting to pass the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act.” — Rep. Jared Golden,


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