Friday, January 27, 2023

US Senate passes bill protecting same-sex marriage

The US Senate passed a bill protecting same-sex marriage. A surprising decision, because until a few months ago it was considered a campaign issue for the Democratic Party. US Senate passed a bill on Tuesday Forces all US states to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages,

The vote (61-36) was in favor of 12 Republican Senators, However, after approval in the Senate, it is then almost assumed that an approval is received in the House of Representatives, where the Democratic Party holds a majority, as of early January. After that the US President’s signature will disappear, Joe Biden who have already declared their support for the new law.

in your decision to 2015 In a vote of 5 to 4, the justices of Supreme court It has been determined that the US Constitution does not allow a state to contract or refuse to recognize the validity of same-sex marriage,

The strength of that Supreme Court position came into question in late June, when the six conservative justices currently sitting on the court overturned a 1973 ruling on the country’s constitutional right to abortion.

After that decision, Several conservative-majority states have passed laws banning abortion in their respective regions.while others, more progressive, enshrined abortion rights in their state constitutions.

If the same is true of same-sex marriage The bill, which was approved in the Senate on Tuesday, It cannot compel the states to celebrate these marriages; But it obliges them to recognize the validity of unions celebrated in states where they are legal, Which practically protects all couples across the United States.

Republican support

Verdict on abortion rights in summer One of the most conservative Supreme Court justices, Clarence ThomasThe court’s new interpretation, he said, is based on the idea that the right to abortion is not a form of liberty protected by the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, contrary to the 1973 decision- It spells the end of other rights recognized by the Supreme Court for decades, such as same-sex marriage and contraceptive access within marriage.

Judge Thomas’s statement spread alarm in the Democratic Party led by the senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay woman elected to the United States Senate in 2012trying to do Persuading as many Republican senators as possible to pass a bill by the end of the year Before the start of a new session in the US Congress.

Baldwin managed to persuade 12 Republican senators to vote in favor of the legislation. As evidence that unlike what happens in the case of abortion rights, gay marriage is no longer an issue that causes deep division between the two parties.

According to the June Gallup poll, 71% of the US population agrees with the legalization of same-sex marriage Highest number on record, including most Republicans.

The votes of Republican senators were needed to approve the bill. Unlike what happens in the Senate, and in the House of Representatives, bills can only leave the debate stage if there are at least 60 votes in favor; Since the current majority of the Democratic Party has only 50 votes, only with the help of at least ten Republican senators will it be possible to close the debate and go to the final vote.

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