US Senate passes law protecting same-sex marriage

“Love is love”. The United States Senate voted 61 to 36 on Tuesday for a law protecting same-sex marriage across the United States, fearing a backlash from the Supreme Court on the matter. love and Americans should be able to marry the person they love,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement.

The House of Representatives, which had already approved a very similar text in July, still has to vote again on this amended law, which should only be a formality. Joe Biden will then have to sign the text.

Same-sex unions have been guaranteed by the U.S. Supreme Court since 2015. But after the high court’s historic flip-flop on abortion, many progressives fear that right may also be unraveled.

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In concrete terms, the law repeals previous legislation defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and prohibits civil registrars — regardless of the state in which they work — from discriminating against couples “because of of their sex, race, ethnicity or origin”. This text also applies to interracial couples.

If the Supreme Court reverses its decision, the law would not require states to issue marriage certificates for same-sex couples, for constitutional reasons, much to the chagrin of the left. But it would force States to recognize a certificate issued by another, and to grant these couples the protections (tax, health, parenthood) resulting therefrom.

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