Senate narrowly passes same-sex and interracial marriage bill

The United States Senate narrowly passed a bill this week protecting same-sex and interracial marriages in anticipation of a possible Supreme Court ruling in the future that may overturn previous decisions legalizing such unions.

In a 61-36 vote, the bill passed with enough support from Republican senators to reach the required 60 vote threshold required to pass the bill. 

The bill enshrines same-sex and interracial marriages into federal law and provides a legal safety net in the event that the US Supreme Court should make any decisions overturning Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage, or Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage.

Fears that an impending SCOTUS ruling may put same-sex and interracial marriage rights in jeopardy have increased since June’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, which stripped many Americans of access to certain aspects of reproductive care, including abortions.

The Senate bill is an important step forward in solidifying those rights, but must still go through the House of Representatives before heading to the desk of President Joe Biden.

The White House released a statement from Biden on Tuesday after the bill passed the Senate vote, saying:

“Our Administration stands for the fundamental right to marry the person you love and live free from discrimination. The Respect for Marriage Act ultimately stands for a simple principle: all Americans are equal and their government should treat them that way. Today, we are one step closer to achieving that ideal with pride.”

The bill is expected to go to the House floor for a vote as soon as next week.




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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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