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[BREAKING] House Passes Bill Protecting LGBTQ Marriage Ahead of Any SCOTUS Rulings

[BREAKING] House Passes Bill Protecting LGBTQ Marriage Ahead of Any SCOTUS Rulings

Roberts, Alito, threaten to 'fix' marriage equality

The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday with a bipartisan vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriages amid concerns that the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade abortion access could jeopardize other rights criticized by many conservative Americans.

Democrats argued intensely in favor of enshrining marriage equality in federal law while some Republicans steered clear of openly rejecting gay marriage. Instead, leading Republicans portrayed the bill as “unnecessary” amid other issues facing the nation. However, LGBTQ activists had been voicing their concerns ever since the GOP began hinting they might apply the SCOTUS decision to remove the Constitutional right to privacy that Roe had guaranteed to gay marriage as well.

Tuesday’s election-year roll call (267-157) forced all House members to go on the record with their views. “For me, this is personal,” said Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., who said he was among the openly gay members of the House. “Imagine telling the next generation of Americans, my generation, we no longer have the right to marry,” he said. “Congress can’t allow that to happen.”

 

The bill, which also protects interracial marriages as well, now goes to the Senate, where it will face opposition from some staunch opponents, such as Ted Cruz and Mike Braun.

 

The Biden administration issued a statement of support for the bill, known as the Respect for Marriage Act.

Polling shows a majority of Americans favor preserving the right to marry whom one wishes, regardless of the person’s sex, gender, race, or ethnicity, a long-building shift in modern mores toward inclusion.

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