Laura Ingraham slams the Marriage Respect Act on Fox News

Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham blasted the newly signed Respect Marriage Bill on Tuesday on her show, claiming the legislation could strip religious believers of their rights.

President Joe Biden signed the law into law at a ceremony on the White House lawn and celebrated the passage of the law, which attracted bipartisan support despite criticism from some Republicans.

“Joe Biden held an over-the-top celebration — this extravagance — called the Respect for Marriage Act,” Ingraham said. “A bill that even restricts freedom of religion and freedom of expression.”

“That means whether you’re Catholic or Evangelical or maybe Muslim, any serious person of faith, you’re not necessarily going to have the rights tomorrow that you had yesterday,” she said.

Laura Ingraham gives a speech in 2016
PoliticalTalk radio host Laura Ingraham delivers a speech during day three of the Republican National Convention July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Ingraham has criticized the newly signed Respect for Marriage Act.
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The Respect for Marriage Act is designed to protect interracial marriages amid concerns the Supreme Court could potentially overturn landmark judgments like that of 2015 Obergefell against Hodges, which effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Legislation requires each state to recognize marriages that are valid in the state in which they were contracted.

Some critics of the law have claimed that it will undermine religious freedom regarding views about marriage, but the bill includes federal protections for religious beliefs.

“Different beliefs about the role of sex in marriage shall be held by reasonable and sincere people on the basis of decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises,” the legislation states.

Representatives from a number of religious groups attended Tuesday’s signing of the bill, including representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Orthodox Jewish leaders and guests representing the Council on Christian Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Evangelicals.

Republicans who have supported the law, including Senators Todd Young and Joni Ernst, have also defended protections for religious liberty. Twelve GOP senators supported the bill.

On Tuesday, Ernst responded to reports that several county-level Republican organizations in Iowa are considering scolding her for voting.

“I don’t agree with the reproach,” said Ernst. “But I will say that I stand by my vote, and I hope more people actually read the law and understand that we just strengthened the protections for religious liberty, not just in Iowa but in the United States.”

Biden said “today is a good day” Tuesday as he celebrated the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act.

“A day when America takes a decisive step towards equality. To freedom and justice, not just for some, but for all. All! Creating nation after nation where decency, dignity and love are recognized, honored and protected,” said the President.

Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and activist Cyndi Lauper attended Tuesday’s ceremony and spoke out in support of the bill. She also appeared at the event just before Biden signed the bill.

“We can rest easy tonight because our families are validated,” Lauper told reporters in the White House briefing room.

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Rick Schindler

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