The Respect for Marriage Act is now making its way through the U.S. Senate and is expected to be voted on within the next few weeks. The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and force states to recognize same-sex marriages.
The new legislation comes as a response to Roe v. Wade being overturned, as some Democrats fear the Supreme Court might also overturn the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision that effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.
Monday on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show,” U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) said the same-sex marriage bill was just a distraction from the real issues currently facing the country.
“They see an avenue here, right before the election, to get the Republicans to vote on something that we shouldn’t even be voting on,” Tuberville said. “It’s not our job. That’s not the federal government’s job. If you want to vote on it, go to the state and vote on it.”
“We’ve got so many problems that we’re spending time on this right now when there was no problem to begin with,” he argued. “Don’t got to a problem when you don’t have one, and the Democrats are just trying to create one to make the Republicans look bad right before the election. And they’re not going to win this battle.”
Tuberville said it was not just about gay marriage but other areas where the federal government is getting involved in areas it doesn’t belong.
“[T]he federal government has no business in this gender identity,” he advised,” and it goes from transsexuals to Critical Race Theory, anything that has to do with the person and their pronouns.”
Earlier this month, when asked by reporters if he supported same-sex marriage, he said, “Yeah, if that’s what you want to do, fine,” although he has not since clarified if he would vote in support of the Respect for Marriage Act.
He also suggested President Joe Biden and the Democrats’ solutions to the country’s problems were actually making them worse.
“It’s amazing how our federal government just gets in the way of everything,” he lamented. “And that’s what I’ve noticed my first year and a half in D.C. … The Democrats and Biden think they have an answer to everything, and all they do is get in the way and make the problem worse, and most of the time they don’t even know the problem. They just throw money at something just to say, ‘Hey, we’ve done something,’ and I hope the American people see this because it is an absolute disaster in D.C. — getting worse.”