Respect for Marriage Act: The very definition of freedom and liberty

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As legislators, we have two primary duties: uphold the Constitution, and protect the rights and interests of residents. I filter everything I do – every bill I introduce, and every vote I take – through this lens. 

For most of our history as Americans, marriage was an institution not regulated by or touched by the federal government. All that ended about 100 years ago. Ever since then, we have had to deal with how marriage and the government’s treatment of marriage impacts our lives.

There is the tax code, which asks you if you’re married and then taxes you based on your answer. There are benefits from the Social Security Administration, the Veterans Administration, health insurance agencies, death benefits and others based on your marital status. 

Rep. Nancy Mace speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Summerville, South Carolina, on June 12, 2022. (Fox News )

In South Carolina, regulation of marriage was inserted into the state constitution in 1895. This was long before women ever had a voice in the state legislature or the right to vote. 

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