The US Senate passes a invoice to guard same-sex marriage in a landmark vote

The US Senate handed a invoice on Tuesday that may shield federal recognition of same-sex marriage, a transfer taken in response to issues that the Supreme Courtroom might overturn a 2015 ruling that legalized it nationwide.

The narrowly tailor-made invoice, which might require the federal authorities to acknowledge a wedding if it was authorized within the state the place it was carried out, is supposed to be a backstop if the Supreme Courtroom acted in opposition to same-sex marriage.

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It could not stop states from blocking same-sex or interracial marriage if the Supreme Courtroom permits them to take action.

“Today, the long but inexorable march toward greater equality moves forward,” Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer mentioned in a press release.

“By passing this bill, the Senate is sending a message every American needs to hear: no matter who you are or who you love, you too deserve dignity and equal treatment under the law.”

The invoice handed 61 to 36, with 60 votes wanted for passage. Twelve Republicans joined 49 Democrats in supporting the invoice. One Democrat, Georgia’s Raphael Warnock, was absent, as have been two Republican senators.

An analogous, however not equivalent, invoice handed the Home of Representatives earlier this 12 months with the help of 47 Republicans and all Democrats. The Home must approve the Senate model earlier than sending it to President Joe Biden to signal into regulation.

Home Democrat Steny Hoyer, No. 2, advised reporters Tuesday that the Home would doubtless take up the Senate model of the invoice subsequent week.

In June, the Supreme Courtroom overturned the nationwide proper to abortion, overturning 50 years of precedent.

In a concurring opinion, Supreme Courtroom Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the court docket ought to think about reversing different choices defending particular person liberties, together with the 2015 ruling on homosexual marriage.

About 568,000 married same-sex {couples} reside in the USA, in response to the US Census Bureau.

(REUTERS)

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