When it came to the contentious issue of federal legalizing gay marriage, Democrats argued vociferously for it, while Republicans avoided outright condemnation. Leading Republicans instead dismissed the bill as inconsequential in light of other pressing national concerns.
All House members, regardless of their party’s affiliation, were forced to publicly express their views on Tuesday’s 267-157 vote. As a result of the Roe v. Wade decision, which also called into question other long-established rights, the bill was also passed.
Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., one of the House’s openly gay members, said, “For me, this is personal.
I can’t even begin to imagine telling my generation, the next generation of Americans, that marriage is illegal. “That can’t happen,” says Congress.
In order to avoid political repercussions, Republican leaders did not instruct their members to oppose the bill, aides said. The measure was approved with the support of dozens of Republicans as well.
Even though the Respect for Marriage Act was approved by the Democratic-controlled House, it must still be approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, where a filibuster is almost certain. Democratic lawmakers are drafting a slew of legislation aimed at cementing long-debated abortion and other reproductive rights.
An official statement from the administration of Vice President Joe Biden endorsed the bill.
Research shows that the majority of Americans want to keep their freedom to marry whomever they want, regardless of their gender, race, or ethnicity. This shift in modern attitudes toward inclusion has been building for some time.
In June, a Gallup poll found that 70 percent of American adults believe that same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as legitimate. The poll found that 83% of Democrats and 83% of Republicans agreed with the findings (55 percent ).
According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans who support interracial marriage hit a six-decade high of 94 percent in September.
“Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle must take a stand and be counted.” These fundamental freedoms are at stake. Or will they allow states to restrict their liberties through legislation? Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., made the remarks in a floor speech on Tuesday.News
Republicans, on the other hand, insisted on Tuesday that when the Supreme Court overturned the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling in June, it was only concerned with abortion access and that other rights, such as same-sex marriage, were not in jeopardy.
Most Republicans who spoke in the morning debate didn’t even mention interracial or same-sex marriage by name.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said, “We are here for a political charade, we are here for political messaging.”
Republicans blasted rising gas prices, inflation, and violent crime, including recent threats against Supreme Court justices in connection with the abortion ruling, as the Democrats described the injustices they or their loved ones had experienced in same-sex marriages.
Even though it was passed by the House with Republican votes, the Senate’s outcome is still uncertain.
Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said, “I’m probably not inclined to support it.” Predicate is simply incorrect. None of that stuff will be overturned by the Supreme Court,” I believe.
A long-term goal for Republicans in Congress was achieved with the confirmation of conservative Supreme Court justices during the Trump era. This allowed the party to take up issues such as social justice, environmental protection, and regulatory reform that it had previously been unable to do so.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, remained conspicuously silent on the bill, leaving open the question of how strongly his party would oppose it should it come up for a vote in the upper chamber.
This is nothing more than “election-year politics,” said South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune.
The Clinton-era law that defines marriage as a heterogeneous relationship between a man and a woman would be repealed under the Respect for Marriage Act. By prohibiting any state from denying out-of-state marriage licenses and benefits because of their gender, race, ethnicity, or national origin, it would also protect interracial marriages.
When Obergefell v. Hodges, an Obama-era Supreme Court decision, established the right of same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states, the Defense of Marriage Act was largely ignored.
When the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last month, Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority that the rights guaranteed to Americans should be narrowly construed, noting that the right to an abortion was not explicitly stated in the Constitution.
Even Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote a concurring opinion, said that other Roe-like rulings should be reexamined, such as the right to same-sex marriage and the right of couples to use contraception.
Despite Alito’s claim that “this decision concerns the constitutional right to abortion and no other right,” others have taken notice.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said of Trump’s supporters, “The MAGA radicals who are taking over the Republican Party have made it abundantly clear they are not satisfied with repealing Roe.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (who recently called the Supreme Court’s decision to protect marriage equality “clearly wrong”) cited this as an example of the need for state legislatures to revisit the issue.
In spite of this, Schumer did not promise to hold a vote on the legislation.
Democrat Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, said after the court’s decision on abortion: “When we lose one right, we lose all of them.”
that we have relied on and enjoyed, other rights are at risk.”