Match Group calls on Congress to pass Respect for Marriage Act

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Dallas-based Match Group, which owns a portfolio of popular online dating services including Match.com, Tinder and OKCupid, 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, removed a major procedural hurdle in the US Senate last week after garnering enough support from Senate Republicans.

Why is this important: The bill was introduced in July after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas pointed out in a concurring opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that decisions such as Obergefell v. Hodges, who legalized same-sex marriage, could be threatened.

What is happening: An ad campaign on Tinder highlighted LGBTQ+ couples who got married after meeting on the app and asked users to contact their senators.

  • In September, Match Group’s director of business and legal affairs, Jared Sine, also wrote an op-ed urging passage of the legislation.
  • “We remain committed to doing everything we can to ensure that no American wonders if their right to be authentic themselves and to love who they love will ever be taken away from them,” Sine wrote.
  • “Unless everyone’s right to marriage is protected by bipartisan legislation, no marriage is safe.”

The context: This is 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.

What they say : “Match Group’s advocacy efforts aim to uplift people by promoting equality and standing up for vulnerable groups in an effort to positively impact lives,” said Justine Sacco, corporate communications director. , in Axios.

The other side: Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn oppose the bill.

And after: The Senate has yet to pass the bill and it must return to the House before it can go to President Joe Biden, who has urged Congress to send the bill to his desk “quickly” and said he would sign it.

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