–submitted by Janet Piraino
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin spoke to our club on April 5th about building bipartisan support for the Respect for Marriage Act, which requires states to recognize same-sex and interracial marriages performed in other states.
In building support for the bill, the Senator credited the many men and women who had the courage to come out to their families and friends. She encouraged her colleagues to talk to their loved ones about the issue because she knew every one of them knew someone they loved who was married or committed to their same sex partner. She also credited the endorsement of faith organizations she never dreamed would support the bill, including Mormon, Christian and Orthodox Jewish groups.
She ultimately convinced 12 Republican senators to join her Democratic colleagues in voting for the bill, something she said would have been impossible even just a decade ago.
Our thanks to WisconsinEye for videotaping our Rotary meeting last week. If you missed it, you can watch it here: https://wiseye.org/2023/04/05/rotary-club-of-madison-senator-tammy-baldwin/.