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U.S. Senate passes same-sex marriage protection bill

World Nov 30, 2022 07:11AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Supporters of gay marriage wave the rainbow flag after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry at the Supreme Court in Washington June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

By Moira Warburton and Gram Slattery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would protect federal recognition of same-sex marriage, a measure taken up in response to worries the Supreme Court could overturn a 2015 decision that legalized it nationwide.

The narrowly tailored bill, which would require the federal government to recognize a marriage if it was legal in the state in which it was performed, is meant to be a backstop if the Supreme Court acted against same-sex marriage.

It would not bar states from blocking same-sex or interracial marriages if the Supreme Court allowed them to do so.

"Today the long but inexorable march towards greater equality advances forward," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

"By passing this bill, the Senate is sending a message that 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 bill was passed 61 to 36, with 60 votes needed for passage. Twelve Republicans joined 49 Democrats in supporting the bill. One Democrat, Georgia's Raphael Warnock, was absent, as were two Republican senators.

A similar, but not identical, bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this year with support from 47 Republicans and all Democrats. The House would need to approve the Senate version before it is sent to President Joe Biden to sign into law.

No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday the House would likely take up the Senate's version of the bill next week.

In June, the Supreme Court overturned the nationwide right to an abortion, undoing 50 years of precedent.

In a concurring opinion, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the court should consider reversing other decisions protecting individual freedoms, including the 2015 ruling on gay marriage.

About 568,000 married same-sex couples live in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. Senate passes same-sex marriage protection bill
 

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John Laurens
John Laurens Nov 30, 2022 7:48AM ET
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I think all people have the right to make whomever their legal significant other, but marriage is a religious institution, and they need to stay away from our children.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 30, 2022 7:48AM ET
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"marriage is a religious institution"  -- is it?  you based that on what, stuff you heard on Q website?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 30, 2022 7:48AM ET
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"....they need to stay away from our children."  -- and who is "they"?  if you mean priests from religious organizations then yes we can all agree on that......
John Laurens
John Laurens Nov 30, 2022 7:48AM ET
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Tre Hsi  silly commie.. it's the ***dem fascists who are after our kids. Everybody knows that.
John Laurens
John Laurens Nov 30, 2022 7:48AM ET
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Stephen Fa Nov 30, 2022 7:10AM ET
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The radical leftist controlled US Senate cannot change moral law. I'm fine with government to recognize same ****legal unions but it will never be true "marriage."
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apparently the 12 GOP senators and 47 congressmen/women who voted for this are all radical leftists.....
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You are welcome to move to middle east part of the world
 
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