US President, Joe Biden, has signed into law on Tuesday December 13, the Respect for Marriage Act mandating federal recognition for same-sex marriages.
The President signed the Respect for Marriage Act before thousands of invited guests on the South Lawn at an event the White House said reflected the importance of the moment.
The new law officially voids the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
It mandates that states honor the validity of out-of-state marriage licenses, including same-sex and interracial unions.
The new law will further protect same-sex marriages if the Supreme Court were to overturn the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which in 2015 legalized same-sex marriages in the U.S.
The Respect for Marriage Act was passed with bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress after months of negotiation, particularly over provisions related to religion.
Lawmakers from both parties were there, as well as first lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff. Singers Sam Smith and Cyndi Lauper performed.