August 18, 2022

The U.S. Home of Representatives on Tuesday handed a invoice defending homosexual marriage rights, after the Supreme Courtroom’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade imperiled related precedents that protected rights to same-sex relations and contraception.

The invoice, which handed the Democratic-controlled chamber by a vote of 267-157 with assist from 47 Republicans, establishes federal protections for homosexual marriage and prohibits anybody from denying the validity of a wedding primarily based on the race or intercourse of the couple.

It would now go to the Senate for a vote, the place it faces unclear odds within the evenly divided chamber. Home Republicans have been advised to vote with their conscience by occasion management, who didn’t whip towards the invoice.

Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler sponsored the invoice after the federal proper to an abortion was overturned when the Supreme Courtroom struck down its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas mentioned the court docket must also rethink its previous rulings that assured entry to contraception and the 2015 proper to homosexual marriage, as a result of they relied on the identical authorized arguments as Roe.

Some congressional Republicans have echoed Thomas’ arguments. Republican Senator Ted Cruz mentioned on Saturday that the excessive court docket was “clearly improper” in establishing a federal proper to homosexual marriage.

Democrats have argued that Congress should enshrine the suitable to homosexual marriage into federal regulation in case the court docket revisits its previous rulings.

“The rights and freedoms that we’ve come to cherish will vanish right into a cloud of radical ideology and doubtful authorized reasoning,” Nadler mentioned in an announcement on Monday.

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Underneath the Home invoice, states may nonetheless prohibit homosexual marriage if the Supreme Courtroom overturns its prior ruling. However such states can be required to acknowledge marriages that occurred in states the place they continue to be authorized.

The Home will vote Thursday on a invoice to ensure nationwide entry to contraception, one other proper that Thomas advised the court docket revisit.

Democrats are hoping the payments will draw a distinction to Republicans forward of Nov. 8 midterm elections, wherein hovering inflation challenges Democrats’ majority maintain on the Home and the Senate.

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