This is something that I have taken for granted, and it is essential that we remember that these rights are as fragile as they are important. Indeed, most Americans will never understand the trauma interracial and LGBTQIA+ couples go through — from sidelong glances to senseless insults — even though our laws have been interpreted by the courts to protect those marriages. I can only imagine how painful it must be for many of these couples to wonder now if their relationships are at risk, subject to the whim of a future Supreme Court decision. Just as I hope my religious right to choose where to marry is upheld and my interracial marriage is upheld, we must ensure the same is true for our LGBTQIA+ friends and family, neighbors and co-workers. Unless everyone’s right to marriage is protected by bipartisan legislation, no marriage is safe.
Now our elected leaders have the opportunity to do just that: protect everyone’s right to marry by passing the Respect for Marriage Act in the Senate. This legislation would protect marriages, regardless of “sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin,” by requiring them to be recognized under federal law
if they were legal in the state where they happened. The House of Representatives recently passed the bill with bipartisan support, and I sincerely hope that the bill will enjoy broad support from across the political spectrum when it is considered in the Senate.
It is encouraging to see that senators on both sides of the aisle are working tirelessly to get the votes needed to pass this important bill. We commend them for their courage and leadership on this file, and look forward to working with them to see this legislation become law. But some senators, including those from Texas, the state I proudly choose to call home and where my employer Match Group is based, signaled they would not vote in favour. Every vote counts, and I respectfully urge them to reconsider.
At Match Group, we want to be a friend and ally in helping people from all walks of life find the person who matters most to them. love and marry, as they choose, whether based on gender, race, religious preferences or beliefs. And we’re proud that our products have empowered millions of marriages and families around the world, including many LGBTQIA+ partners who might not have found each other otherwise.
Match Group strongly supports the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act and will launch a national Tinder campaign this week, alongside the human rights campaign, to shine a light on the many amazing LGBTQIA+ couples who have met on our platforms and urge the Senate to pass this bill. We remain committed to doing everything in our power to ensure that no American wonders if their right to be authentic and love who they love will ever be taken away.
We call on every senator, and as a Texas-based company, our Texas senators, to support and pass the Respecting Marriage Act. It’s a matter of fairness for all, so let’s do the right thing for all Americans.