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Understanding the New Federal "Respect for Marriage Act"

Rainbow Flag unfurled at Fayetteville Pride Parade circa 2018.
Jacqueline Froelich
Rainbow Flag unfurled at Fayetteville Pride Parade circa 2018.

The new bipartisan "Respect for Marriage Act," recently passed by Congress requires federal and state governments to recognize legal marriages regardless of a couple's sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin. University of Arkansas Law Professor Danielle Weatherby, said, however, the new law will provide only limited protection if the current Conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court decides to reverse Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states.

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Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for <i>Ozarks at Large.</i>
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