Federal marriage protection law is a win, but ‘more work remains,’ Pa. Rep. Benham says in D.C.

At the White House, President Joe Biden signs law extending historic marriage protections to same-sex and interracial couples

By: and - December 14, 2022 10:01 am
Biden Marriage Protection Act signing

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 13: People attend a bill signing ceremony for the Respect for Marriage Act on the South Lawn of the White House December 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Respect for Marriage Act will codify same-sex and interracial marriages. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Pennsylvania state Rep. Jessica Benham, an Allegheny County Democrat who is among the openly LGBTQ members of the General Assembly, attended Tuesday’s signing ceremony. In a Twitter post, she noted the codified protections in the bill.

“I’m honored to join President Biden for the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act at the White House today. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, it is so beyond meaningful to know that our right to marry whoever we choose is protected nationally,” Benham wrote.

But, she added, acknowledging some of the gaps in the legislation was “a victory worth celebrating, while acknowledging that more work remains.”

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia, brought along a picture of his husband, Dr. Matt Kenyatta, that the lawmaker shared on Twitter.

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Jennifer Shutt
Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

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