The Respect for Humans Act: What the Respect for Marriage Act is really about
Tammy Baldwin, D- Wis., speaks to reporters in the Capitol on Sept. 8, 2022, in Washington, D.C.. - Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images North America/TNS

With unanimous Democratic support and a dozen Republican votes, the Respect for Marriage Act passed the Senate and will soon land on President Joe Biden’s desk, virtuously affirming that the United States will protect same-sex unions. That this is happening just 26 years after the bill’s nasty twin, the Defense of Marriage Act, passed both houses by veto-proof majorities — and a Democratic president signed it into law — is a testament to the power of a movement to change minds. Many have marveled over the speed with which marriage between two men or two women, once broadly considered a serious...