In an attempt to garner the 10 Republican votes necessary to force the deceptively-named “Respect for Marriage Act” (RFMA) into law, Sens. Susan Collins, R-ME, and Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, have crafted an amendment to the bill that amounts to a futile gesture.
H.R. 8404 passed in the House in July, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, has vowed to bring it to a vote in the Senate. The bill would require both the state and federal governments to recognize any marriage (including same-sex, polygamous, polyandrous, underage, and polyamourous unions) that is “valid in the state” in which “it was entered into.”
Opponents of the RFMA point out that it is unnecessary legislation, since it simply affirms the “status quo” of same-sex “marriage” recognition as established by the 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell vs. Hodges.