BREAKING NEWS: Senate PASSES vote to make same-sex marriage federal law

BREAKING NEWS: Senate PASSES to vote on introducing federal same-sex marriage legislation — with 11 Republicans joining all Democrats in sending the bill back to the House of Representatives

  • Three Republican-led amendments to the bill all fell before the final vote
  • The House of Representatives passed the Respect For Marriage Act in July
  • Schumer told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s vote that he was wearing the same tie he wore to his daughter’s wedding to another woman

The United States Senate on Tuesday voted to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law.

The Respect For Marriage Act passed by a vote of 61 to 36. Eleven Republicans voted with Democrats on the measure.

It is now returning to the House of Representatives, where it will likely pass the Democrat-controlled chamber quickly enough to get to President Joe Biden’s desk before the current congressional term ends.

Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin, who was spearheading the bill, expressed her emotions on the floor of the chamber before the final vote.

Other Democrats wore symbolic shading to mark the historic legislation, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wearing the same tie he wore to his daughter’s same-sex wedding and Senator Kyrsten Sinema coordinating her outfit to reflect the colors of the displaying the flag of bisexual pride.

“The Senate just passed the Respect for Marriage Act! This is a major victory in the fight to protect marriage equality,” Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in a statement after Tuesday’s vote.

“We must not waste any time. The House must act quickly to get it on the President’s desk.’

61 senators voted Monday in a procedural maneuver to move the bill forward, while 35 opposed it.

The Respect For Marriage Act passed the Senate Tuesday night by a vote of 61 to 36

The Respect For Marriage Act passed the Senate Tuesday night by a vote of 61 to 36

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer marked the historic vote by wearing the same purple tie he wore during his daughter's same-sex wedding

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer marked the historic vote by wearing the same purple tie he wore during his daughter’s same-sex wedding

The Respect for Marriage Act first passed the House of Representatives in July by a vote of 267 to 157.

The bill will not force states to perform same-sex marriages, but will require all 50 to recognize same-sex and interracial marriages performed in any other state.

Republicans have criticized the bill as weak in protecting religious institutions.

GOP Senators Marco Rubio, James Lankford and Mike Lee all introduced amendments to the bill aimed at protecting “religious freedom” in the bill.

Lee’s bill, which he called a “simple, sensible amendment,” aims to “prohibit the federal government from retaliating against any person or group who holds sincere religious beliefs and moral beliefs about marriage,” the senator wrote Utah in a Fox News op-ed.

It failed to get the 60 votes needed to be attached to the final bill, with 48 senators voting in favor of the bill and 49 against.

Similar amendments by Rubio and Lankford, which required only a simple majority, both failed. Both moves failed 45-52.

Democrats were spurred to codify marriage rights after the Supreme Court reversed five decades of precedent in overturning federal protections on abortion.

Schumer said earlier Tuesday that his daughter and her wife would be having a baby soon and that with the passage of the bill, he hoped the child

Schumer said earlier Tuesday that his daughter and her wife would be having a baby soon and that with the passage of the bill, he hoped the child “will now grow up in a more accepting, inclusive and loving world.”

In a separate but consistent opinion on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that the Supreme Court could soon reconsider cases protecting same-sex relationships, marriage and the use of contraceptives by married couples.

“Today we hope to bring marriage equality to the ground,” Schumer told reporters outside the White House on Tuesday.

To mark the occasion, Schumer pointed out that he wore the same purple tie he wore to his daughter’s wedding to another woman in 2018.

Noting that the couple would be having a baby soon, he hoped with the passage of the bill “that the child will now grow up in a more accepting, inclusive and loving world, one that honors their mothers’ marriage and gives her dignity.” bestow is earned.’

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