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By Rita Peters, The Stream, December 1, 2022

Rita Peters is a constitutional attorney, the author of Restoring America’s Soul: Advancing Timeless Conservative Principles in a Wayward Culture and co-host of the weekly radio program, “Crossroads: Where Faith and Culture Meet.”

Rita PetersThis week many of us watched with horror as the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” passed the U.S. Senate. The bill raises a lot of questions, and the answers aren’t good.

What Would the Law Do?

We all know that the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges requires states to allow same-sex couples to marry. But when the current Court struck down Roe v. Wade, it struck terror into the hearts of those who believe that the Constitution surely protects their right to do the things they really want to do, whether it says so or not.

If this new Court is willing to admit that there is no constitutional right to abortion, it just might revisit other decisions announcing new rights — like the right to same-sex marriage. And so, to calm that fear, we have the “Respect for Marriage Act.” …

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