United States Congress passed this thursday A bill that shields same-sex marriage at the federal level why Protects you from discrimination if the Supreme Court decides to strike down that right.
After the Senate ruled in the same vein on November 29 with 61 votes in favor and 36 votes in the negative, the House of Representatives with a Democratic majority ratified it by 258 votes in favor and 169 against.
The bill now awaits ratification by President Joe Biden to enter into force.
legislation encourages The federal government recognizes a same-sex marriage if it is legal in the state where they were married., the same principle applies to interracial marriages,
text too It recognizes religious freedom, to avoid that religious institutions such as churches may be forced to celebrate these marriages and lose benefits or tax exemptions for not doing so.
This last point was part of an amendment introduced through a bipartisan agreement in the Senate, which meant the text now had to return to the House of Representatives for its final vote, after it was passed earlier in July with 267 votes in favor. Only 157 were approved and against.
The Bill also repeals the Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996, which defines it as a relationship between a man and a woman.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the United States since June 2015 when the Supreme Court declared laws prohibiting it unconstitutional in some states.
But the mobilization to defend those unions recently gained momentum after the Supreme Court, which is now controlled by a conservative majority, In June the ruling repealed “Roe v. Wade,” which protected abortion access in the country for nearly half a century.
since, A large number of activists and progressive politicians have warned of the possibility of the court doing the same with other rights such as gay marriage.States have the power to determine whether they allow this or not.
Bill does not establish same-sex marriage as a federal right applicable across the countryBut in the event that the Supreme Court were to strike down its doctrine, it wouldí would prevent states that were not allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples marrying in another,
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, acknowledged this on Thursday. That fundamental right is under “real, direct and immediate threat”.and maintained that the approval of the rules protecting it was a “glorious victory for love, freedom and dignity for all”.