Wednesday, February 8, 2023

US: Senate vote on gay marriage rights

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The US Senate is set to vote in the coming hours on a bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage rights. This is another step towards the enactment of a law which ensures that these associations are recognized by federal law.

Democratic senators are racing to pass the bill with a majority in both houses of Congress. The House of Representatives has to vote on the bill and send it to President Joe Biden for his approval.

Starting in January, Republicans will have a majority in the lower house.

The bill has gained momentum since a Supreme Court ruling in June that struck down federal abortion rights and Justice Clarence Thomas suggested same-sex marriage could meet the same fate. Senators from both parties restarted talks after 47 Republicans unexpectedly voted in favor of the House bill, sparking renewed optimism among supporters of the legislation.

The law would not regulate Obergefell v. Hodges of the Supreme Court in 2015, which legalized gay marriage nationwide or forced states to allow same-sex marriages. But it would force states to recognize all marriages that were legal where they were performed, and it would limit interracial marriages by forcing states to recognize them regardless of “gender, race, ethnicity, or national origin.” will protect

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said Monday, “The rights of all married couples will never be protected without appropriate protections under federal law, and that is why the Respect for Marriage Act is essential.”

Passage of the legislation at the end of his two years of consolidated power in Washington would be a major victory for Democrats and a major victory for activists who have pushed for decades for federal legislation protecting such marriages.

In a test vote on Monday, 12 Republicans voted in favor of the bill, another step toward passage.

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