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(Alexandria, VA) – Schroeder Stribling, president and CEO of Mental Health America, issued the following statement today:

“Mental Health America applauds Congress for passing the Respect for Marriage Act, which President Biden today signed into law. LGBTQ+ people have overcome many obstacles, and we celebrate this moment which holds promise for the mental health of this community. We are pleased that this law extends to protect interracial marriages, proving once again that love wins. Millions of Americans will be relieved of stress and anxiety today knowing that their marriages and their families are now protected by equal rights and equal recognition under federal law.”


About Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. MHA’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal. Learn more at