On Tuesday, the United States Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act by a vote of 61-36.
The bill has been described as vital to defend same-sex marriage against future Supreme Court judgements, and others have speculated that interracial marriage is also at jeopardy. Proponents of the measure argue that both require formalized special federal protection.
The bill, according to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, is a danger to “the nation’s commitment to the fundamental freedom of religious liberty.”
Prior to Tuesday’s success, twelve Republicans voted to approve the Respect for Marriage Act on Monday.
The bill will be returned to the House for a final vote.
Author: Steven Sinclaire