Status: 07/20/2022 04:24
The United States House of Representatives has voted to protect the right to same-sex marriage in federal law. The background is the fear that the United States Supreme Court might strike down the law.
The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of a bill to protect same-sex marriage. The bill, called the Respect for Marriage Act, received a large majority of 267 votes in favor to 157 against. In addition to all members of President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party, 47 Republican opposition members also voted in favor of the legislation.
Little chance of success in the Senate
The law stems from Democrats’ fears that the nation’s Supreme Court could strike down the right to abortion and the right to same-sex marriage. However, the project has little chance of success in the Senate, where Republicans have a blocking minority. So far, only one Republican senator has publicly agreed to vote in favor of the law. A procedural vote would require at least ten Republican votes.
Passing the Respect for Marriage Act would repeal laws that define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In addition, all states should recognize marriages that were contracted in another state and are valid there.
The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country in 2015. Proponents fear, however, that the court, which has moved to the right in recent years, could overturn the landmark ruling at the time – just as it did. did with the right to abortion.
In late June, judges overturned the landmark 1973 decision known as “Roe v. Wade,” which enshrined a fundamental right to abortion. Conservative constitutional judge Clarence Thomas also questioned the 2015 same-sex marriage ruling, commenting on the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
A large majority of the American population – 71% according to a poll – supports same-sex marriage. The religious right strongly opposes it.