New MARRIAGE Law’s Fate Finally Decided!

The New Marriage Bill Doesn't Have the Votes

The New Marriage Bill Doesn’t Have the Votes

( – The Respect for Marriage Act survived a Senate vote on November 29, moving the bill one step closer to its passage as law. Nevertheless, the legislation is far from becoming law, as conservative lawmakers push to alter the text before the House vote. The proposal could still pass, but it doesn’t appear to have the support to move forward in its original form.

Progressives introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which essentially overturned Roe v. Wade. In the ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas called into question the status of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which protects same-sex and interracial marriages. Liberal lawmakers feared same-sex marriages and possibly even unions between people of different races could suffer similar fates at the hands of the heavily conservative panel. The Left proposed the bill to safeguard all legal marriages.

Conservatives argue the proposal opens the doors for the persecution of religious ideals, trampling the rights of people who oppose same-sex unions. They fear the legislation could create loopholes punishing non-profit organizations, schools, and other institutions that vocally defend their traditional values.

To preserve their rights, Republican lawmakers added amendments to protect religious liberties and pull requirements for states to perform same-sex marriages. It shaves the bill down to its barest form, leaving open the possibility for some of the very loopholes the legislation seeks to bar. Still, without the changes, it might not have the support it needs to move closer to the president’s desk.

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