House of Representatives Passes Law to Protect Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

House of Representatives Passes Law to Protect Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

The House of Representatives is working to guarantee same-sex marriage, which has been protected since 2015 in the United States but which could be challenged by the Supreme Court. For this, she voted a bill which has little chance of succeeding in the Senate.

Having been unable to defend abortion, elected Democrats are trying to save homosexual marriage. The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday, July 19, a law to protect this right throughout the United States.

The bill, introduced only the day before in Congress, received the support of 267 elected officials, that is to say all the Democrats supported by 47 Republicans, during a vote greeted by applause in the hemicycle. 157 Republicans, on the other hand, opposed it.

His chances of succeeding in the Senate seem more limited since ten elected Republicans would have to vote with the Democrats. Only Senator Susan Collins has so far said she is ready to do so.

Its inclusion on the agenda therefore seems to have the objective of forcing the Republicans to take a position on this subject which divides their electorate. A large majority of Americans support same-sex marriage (71%), including in the Republican ranks. But the religious right remains mostly opposed to it.

Whatever their position on the “Respect for Marriage Act”, the Republicans therefore risk finding themselves at odds with some of their voters before the mid-term ballot in November.

Bills to counter the Supreme Court

Concretely, the law repeals previous legislation defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and prohibits civil registrars – regardless of the State in which they work – from discriminating against couples “on the basis of their gender. , race, ethnicity or origin”.

It therefore applies to people of the same sex, whose unions have been guaranteed since 2015 by the Supreme Court of the United States, but also to interracial couples, whom the high court has protected since 1967.

This need to protect this right comes after the High Court made a historic U-turn on the right to abortion, by annulling, on June 24, the judgment Roe v. Wade who guaranteed since 1973 the right of American women to have an abortion in the name of “respect for private life”. In an argument accompanying this decision, the conservative judge Clarence Thomas considered that the right to same-sex marriage or contraception, also based on respect for private life, should in turn be revised.

Since then, progressive elected members of Congress have multiplied bills. “We cannot sit idly by while the hard-won gains of the equality movement are systematically rolled back,” said Democratic lawmaker Jerry Nadler.

Two texts to protect access to abortion were therefore adopted last week in the Chamber and another on the right to contraception must be voted on there this week. It is likely that they all stumble in the Senate.

The mobilization is also in the street. An “action of civil disobedience” took place on Tuesday in Washington to defend the right to abortion. “Seventeen US lawmakers, including rising left-wing star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, have been arrested” for refusing to leave the street, police said. “We arrested a total of 35 people” after three warnings.

Melissa Galbraith
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