Respect for Marriage Act passes, codifying same-sex and interracial marriages

ABC News senior policy reporter Anne Flaherty breaks down what this means for people across the country, and why this became a top priority for Democrats.
3:00 | 12/08/22

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FOR DEMOCRATS AFTER THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNED ROE VERSUS WADE IN JUNE AND JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS INDICATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE COURT REVERSE THE 20 15 RULING AFFIRMING THAT RIGHT TO SAME MARRIAGE. ABC NEWS POLICY REPORTER AND FLAHERTY. JOINING ME NOW, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF COUPLES HAVE GOTTEN MARRIED SINCE THAT 2015 SUPREME COURT DECISION. MANY OF THEM HAVE STARTED FAMILIES. SO LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY THIS MEANS AND HOW BIG OF A DEAL THIS IS AND. >> WELL, KYRA, YOU KNOW, WE HEARD ABOUT IT FROM SENATOR SCHUMER EARLIER TODAY. HIS DAUGHTER IS MARRIED TO ANOTHER WOMAN AND THEY'RE EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD. SO THIS IS LEGAL CERTAINTY TO THESE FAMILIES. THERE ARE SEVEN HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND ESTIMATED HOUSEHOLDS THAT HAVE SAME SEX COUPLES WHO ARE MARRIED AND THAT WAS REALLY QUITE A LEGAL JOLT TO ALL OF THESE FAMILIES WHEN JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS MUSED IN HIS COURT OPINION THAT PERHAPS IT'S TIME TO REVISIT THIS GAY MARRIAGE RULING THAT THAT COURT HAD ISSUED IN 2015. NOW, OF COURSE, THE WAY THAT THIS WORKS RIGHT NOW, SAME SEX COUPLES HAVE THE RIGHT IN EVERY STATE

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