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Senate narrowly passes same-sex and interracial marriage bill

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The United States Senate narrowly passed a bill this week protecting same-sex and interracial marriages in anticipation of a possible Supreme Court ruling in the future that may overturn previous decisions legalizing such unions.

In a 61-36 vote, the bill passed with enough support from Republican senators to reach the required 60 vote threshold required to pass the bill. 

The bill enshrines same-sex and interracial marriages into federal law and provides a legal safety net in the event that the US Supreme Court should make any decisions overturning Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage, or Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage.

Fears that an impending SCOTUS ruling may put same-sex and interracial marriage rights in jeopardy have increased since June’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, which stripped many Americans of access to certain aspects of reproductive care, including abortions.

The Senate bill is an important step forward in solidifying those rights, but must still go through the House of Representatives before heading to the desk of President Joe Biden.

The White House released a statement from Biden on Tuesday after the bill passed the Senate vote, saying:

“Our Administration stands for the fundamental right to marry the person you love and live free from discrimination. The Respect for Marriage Act ultimately stands for a simple principle: all Americans are equal and their government should treat them that way. Today, we are one step closer to achieving that ideal with pride.”

The bill is expected to go to the House floor for a vote as soon as next week.

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Donald R. Laster, Jr

Marriage is rooted in reproduction and sodomy does not result in reproduction. A person’s ethnicity is not something the y chose, but engaging in deviant behaviors like sodomy is a choice. No one can be forced under the US Constitution to have to accept deviant behaviors. People need to stop buying into the lies related to deviant and abnormal behaviors.

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