Local leaders react to U.S. Senate vote on Respect for Marriage Act

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Democrats’ first move after the GOP gained control of the House and Nancy Pelosi stepped down as Speaker of the House was to address the Respect for Marriage Act.

The U.S. Senate voted to break a filibuster on the act Wednesday.

This will not codify same-sex marriage across the United States but it would require states to recognize all legal marriages from other states.

News 8 Now interviewed Executive Director of 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection Alesha Schandelmeier.

She says there is more work to do.

“We’ve seen rights being taken away such as bodily autonomy and we wanna make sure that we continue to have those human rights of being able to be married.”

As of now, Wisconsin does not have any laws that protect same-sex marriage.