Same-sex marriage now protected in the United States, a law signed by Joe Biden

On Tuesday, December 13, in the White House, in front of thousands of guests and in a festive atmosphere, US President Joe Biden signed a text protecting the union of same-sex people throughout the United States. By passing this law, the US President paid tribute “a decisive step towards equality, freedom and justice, not just for a few, but for all”.

“It’s a simple question: who do you love? And will you be faithful to the person you love? It’s not more complicated than that”.

It was a special moment for him, who had made an impression in 2012 by publicly saying he favored marriage for all while serving as Barack Obama’s vice president.

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Prohibition against discriminating against couples

It was also one for Vice President Kamala Harris and patron of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who was also present, also for a long time engaged in the defense of the rights of LGBT+ people.

Same-sex unions have been guaranteed by the U.S. Supreme Court since 2015. But after the high court’s historic flip-flop on abortion in June, many progressives fear that right could be unraveled as well.

The law, passed Tuesday, repeals previous laws defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. And prohibits civil registrars – regardless of the state in which they work – from discriminating against couples “because of their sex, race, ethnicity or origin”.

This text was voted in Congress by all elected Democrats and 39 Republicans, while 169 members of the conservative party opposed it.

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Lady Gaga and Cindy Lauper

The law “is a blow against hate in all its forms”said the 80-year-old Democrat, his favorite sunglasses on his nose, in the cold and sun.

“It’s one thing when the Supreme Court issues a verdict, it’s another thing when the elected representatives vote in Congress to say loud and clear: love is love.”, he said to cheers from a crowd of 5,300 people unaffected by the chilly temperatures. This term has become an emblematic slogan for the fight for same-sex marriage.

The US Senate, a bulwark against an ultra-conservative Supreme Court

The President then sat down to sign the text. When he handed his pen, as a sign of thanks, to Kamala Harris, a pipe of Lady Gaga, “Born that way” (“Born That Way”), was broadcast at full volume as the White House lit up in the colors of the rainbow.

The ceremony, which was resolutely festive, included a performance by Cindy Lauper for her song “True Colors”with the testimony of two lesbians, Gina and Heidi Nortonsmith, who led a ground-breaking battle in the courts to have their union and their family recognized.

Of course, the moment was also political: We saw Joe Biden hug Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay prime minister who was never confirmed by the US Senate, and chat with bisexual Senator Kyrsten Sinema – who just slammed the door on the Democratic Party.

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