Senate to move forward with Respect for Marriage Act
A bill protecting same sex marriage is one step closer to becoming federal law. With the backing of all senate Democrats and 12 Republicans, the legislation got the 60 votes needed to move forward.
If eventually signed into law, the Respect for Marriage Act would require individual states to recognize all legal marriages.
Wednesday’s Senate vote was a major victory for the LGBTQ community as many advocates raised concerns after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this year.
An opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that the same could happen to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that protected same sex marriage.
Now that the procedural vote has passed, the Senate can move forward with debate on the bill and possibly passing it.
President Joe Biden has already said he would sign the bill into law. Democrats are now pushing to move quickly before the Republican party takes over the House chamber in January.