Pro Property Partners
Carnival Magic 333 at the beach Pro Property Partners British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


US Senate votes to protect same-sex marriage

US Senate votes to protect same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON DC: The US Senate passed a landmark bill yesterday (Nov 29) protecting same-sex marriage, as lawmakers from both parties moved to forestall the possibility of the conservative-led Supreme Court taking away this right as it did with abortion.

sex
By AFP

Wednesday 30 November 2022, 11:05AM


A man hoists a rainbow flag outside the US Supreme Court on June 15, 2020. Photo: AFP

A man hoists a rainbow flag outside the US Supreme Court on June 15, 2020. Photo: AFP

“With today’s bipartisan Senate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, the United States is on the brink of reaffirming a fundamental truth: love is love, and Americans should have the right to marry the person they love,” President Joe Biden said in a statement released after the 61-36 vote.

The Senate vote sends the bill back to the House of Representatives, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi said would approve it next week before sending it to Biden to sign.

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer hailed a “momentous step forward for greater justice for LGBTQ Americans.”

Twelve Republicans joined Democrats to pass the legislation on what had for decades been a deeply divisive issue in America.

In the United States, same-sex unions have been guaranteed by the Supreme Court since 2015. But after the court’s historic overturning of a longstanding ruling protecting the right to abortion in June, many progressives feared that same-sex marriage may also be under threat.

Democrats have worked with urgency to get the bill passed while they still control Congress.

They held on to the Senate in this month’s mid-term elections but lost the House to the Republicans, although the latter eked out a much thinner majority than they had expected. So when the new Congress takes power in January, gridlock is expected.

The bill passed Tuesday does not require states to legalize same-sex marriage.

But it repeals previous legislation defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and does require states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

So if the Supreme Court were to overturn the 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriages, a state that bans them will still have to recognize such unions carried out in other states. The bill also applies to inter-racial marriages.

“Today’s vote is deeply personal for many of us in this chamber,” said Schumer, who wore the same tie he had on at his lesbian daughter’s wedding.

A similar bill was already passed in June by the House of Representatives. All the chamber’s Democrats voted in favor, along with 47 Republicans.

The new vote in the House is needed to reconcile the two bills but this is seen as a formality.

The powerful American Civil Liberties Union hailed the “historic step forward” but denounced the rise of laws attacking the right of transgender people in several states.

“While we welcome the historic vote on this measure, members of Congress must also fight like trans lives depend on their efforts because trans lives do,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBTQ & HIV Rights Project, said in a statement.

Polls show a strong majority of Americans back same-sex marriage but it is still contentious. Thirty-six Republicans voted ‘no’ yesterday and the religious right remains mostly opposed to such unions.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

* (Not Hotmail/Outlook)
CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
COVID-19 cases ‘declining’ despite foreign arrival surge

Wow Capricorn, 6 or 7! Maybe you should call Khun Traisuree and tell her!...(Read More)


Wat Chalong Fair vendors arrested for gambling

PN commenters who constantly complain about laws not being enforced, now complaining about the law b...(Read More)


Kathu Mayor sacked over illegal water probe

I agree Christy. It seems a bit odd. Never heard of that happening before. ...(Read More)


DSI fight for remaining prime Phuket beachfront land continues

Capricorn maybe you should provide the translation of the government official’s’ remarks next ti...(Read More)


COVID-19 cases ‘declining’ despite foreign arrival surge

The title is deceiving, as I don't think cases have declined...only the reporting of cases has d...(Read More)


DSI fight for remaining prime Phuket beachfront land continues

This is one of the most poorly written reports PN has put out in a while. Filled with contradictory ...(Read More)


Former immigration chiefs to face bribery charges

Kurt, Visa aka "Permissions [sic] to Stay.." have to be applied for in person- but not th...(Read More)


COVID-19 cases ‘declining’ despite foreign arrival surge

@JohnC. How did they know that eight foreigners brought the disease into the country without checkin...(Read More)


Aussie arrivals nearly 90% pre-COVID level

Perhaps the Thais feel comaradierie with the Russians as they both suffer under dictatorships. ...(Read More)


Kathu Mayor sacked over illegal water probe

That an appointed governor can remove an elected mayor so easily says it all about the state of Th...(Read More)