House Passes Bill To Protect Same-Sex Marriage Rights – Deadline - NEWS TV USA

House Passes Bill To Protect Same-Sex Marriage Rights – Deadline

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation that provides rights to same-sex marriage, following concerns that future Supreme Court decisions could roll back precedent.

The legislation passed 267-157, with all Democrats joined by 47 Republicans in support.

The Respect for Marriage Act also would ensure rights to interracial marriage.

The bipartisan nature of the vote has given Senate sponsors hopes that the bill could clear the 60-vote threshold in that chamber, but it is unclear when or if it will make it to the floor.

After the Supreme Court’s conservative majority overturned Roe v. Wade last month, Democrats have warned that other precedents are also in jeopardy, in part because Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his concurrence that past decisions on same-sex marriage and access to contraception should be reconsidered.

House leaders in the past week have set up a series of votes on access to abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage in an effort to highlight the court’s decision as extreme and out of step with public opinion. On Tuesday, 17 members of Congress, all Democrats, were arrested for blocking the street in front of the Supreme Court during a protect.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said on the floor that the legislation would “send a clear message to worried couples that the federal government will continue to recognize same-sex and interracial marriage, no matter what the future holds.”

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