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US Senate set to vote on Tuesday to pass bill on same-sex and interracial marriages

The US Senate is set to vote  on Tuesday on the same-sex and interracial marriage protection bill, which will move Congress one step closer to approving the historic measure and guaranteeing that such weddings be recognised by the Constitution.

By wasmulhaq 
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Washington: The US Senate is set to vote  on Tuesday on the same-sex and interracial marriage protection bill, which will move Congress one step closer to approving the historic measure and guaranteeing that such weddings be recognised by the Constitution.

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While the party still controls both chambers of Congress, Senate Democrats are pushing rapidly to pass legislation requiring that such unions be recognised nationally. The proposal would still need to be put to a vote in the House before being delivered to President Joe Biden.

Since the Supreme Court’s June ruling overturning the federal right to an abortion and comments made at the time by Justice Clarence Thomas suggesting same-sex marriage would also be threatened, the bill has risen steadily in support. Bipartisan Senate negotiations kicked off this summer after 47 Republicans unexpectedly voted for a House bill, giving supporters new optimism.

The proposed law would not require any state to permit same-sex marriage or codify the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, which nationwide legalised homosexual marriage in 2015. However, it would mandate that governments protect present same-sex partnerships and recognise all marriages that were valid where they were completed. Additionally, it would safeguard inter-racial unions by mandating that states recognise valid unions regardless of “sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.”

The nearly 17-million-member of  Utah-based faith said that church theology would continue to view same-sex partnerships as being against God’s commandments. However, it stated that it would support same-sex couple rights provided that they did not interfere with religious organisations’ freedom to practise their respective faiths.

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Religious support and changing people’s attitudes toward gay marriage have recently come into play. However, according to recent polling, more than two-thirds of the public supports gay marriage. But most Republicans still oppose the legislation.

 

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