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Dallas-based Match Group, which owns a portfolio of popular online dating services including Match.com, Tinder and OKCupid, has led an advocacy campaign calling for passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.
Driving the news: The Respect for Marriage Act, a bill to codify protections for same-sex and interracial marriage, cleared a major procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate last week after gaining enough support from Senate Republicans .
Why it matters: The bill was introduced in July after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas noted in a concurring opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that rulings like Obergefell v.
What is happening: An ad campaign on Tinder has highlighted LGBTQ+ couples who married after meeting on the app and asked users to contact your senators.
In September, Match Group Chief Commercial Officer and Legal Officer Jared Sine also wrote a comment driving the passage of the law. “We remain committed to doing everything we can to make sure no American wonders if their right to be authentic and love who they love will ever be taken away,” Sine wrote. legislation, no marriage is safe.”
Context: It’s not the first time Match Group has taken a stand on a political issue. Last year, the company publicly opposed Texas’ strict abortion laws, launching a “pro-choice” badge that users could display on their profiles.
Tinder also worked with the Human Rights Campaign end FDA policy which effectively banned men who have sex with men from donating blood.
What they are saying: “Match Group’s advocacy efforts are focused on uplifting people by promoting equality and advocating for vulnerable groups in an effort to positively impact lives,” Justine Sacco, the company’s director of communications, told Axios.
The other side: Both Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn oppose the bill.
What follows: The Senate must still pass the bill and it must return to the House before it can go to President Joe Biden, who urged Congress to “quickly” send the bill to his desk and said I would sign it into law.
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