Revellers carrying Rainbow flags participate within the LGBTIQ ‘Combat Parade’ in Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, July 17, 2022. Picture by Reuters/Diego Vara
The U.S. Home of Representatives on Tuesday handed a invoice defending homosexual marriage rights, after the Supreme Courtroom’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade imperiled comparable precedents that protected rights to same-sex relations and contraception.
The invoice, which handed the Democratic-controlled chamber by a vote of 267-157 with help from 47 Republicans, establishes federal protections for homosexual marriage and prohibits anybody from denying the validity of a wedding based mostly on the race or intercourse of the couple.
It’ll now go to the Senate for a vote, the place it faces unclear odds within the evenly divided chamber. Home Republicans have been informed to vote with their conscience by get together management, who didn’t whip in opposition to the invoice.
Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler sponsored the invoice after the federal proper to an abortion was overturned when the Supreme Courtroom struck down its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas stated the courtroom must also rethink its previous rulings that assured entry to contraception and the 2015 proper to homosexual marriage, as a result of they relied on the identical authorized arguments as Roe.
Some congressional Republicans have echoed Thomas’ arguments. Republican Senator Ted Cruz stated on Saturday that the excessive courtroom was “clearly fallacious” in establishing a federal proper to homosexual marriage.
Democrats have argued that Congress should enshrine the correct to homosexual marriage into federal regulation in case the courtroom revisits its previous rulings.
“The rights and freedoms that now we have come to cherish will vanish right into a cloud of radical ideology and doubtful authorized reasoning,” Nadler stated in an announcement on Monday.
Underneath the Home invoice, states might nonetheless limit homosexual marriage if the Supreme Courtroom overturns its prior ruling. However such states can be required to acknowledge marriages that occurred in states the place they continue to be authorized.
The Home will vote Thursday on a invoice to ensure nationwide entry to contraception, one other proper that Thomas advised the courtroom revisit.
Democrats are hoping the payments will draw a distinction to Republicans forward of Nov. 8 midterm elections, by which hovering inflation challenges Democrats’ majority maintain on the Home and the Senate.