WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act, bipartisan legislation to protect marriage equality. The Respect for Marriage Act would require that states respect same-sex marriages legally entered into in other states, and ensure that all married couples enjoy equal treatment under federal law.

“This landmark, bipartisan legislation ensures that the dignity of all marriages will be equally recognized and respected. Same-sex married couples deserve the legal certainty that their rights and freedoms will be protected under the law. This bill is an important step in the fight to ensure that no American is discriminated against because of who they love. I am proud to vote yes.”