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Senate to vote on bill protecting gay marriage rights

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Senate to vote on Marriage Rights

The Senate Tuesday is expected to pass a bill that would enshrine same-sex marriage rights into law, legislation viewed as a long-awaited endorsement of gay unions by the federal government.

  • The Respect for Marriage Act would guarantee federal recognition of any marriage between two people if the union was valid in the state where they married.
  • If passed by the Senate, it would move to the House, which approved a similar bill earlier this year with nearly 50 Republicans in support.
  • The bill was drafted in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer and Justice Clarence Thomas expressed interest in next reconsidering same-sex and interracial marriage rights.

The latest: Respect for Marriage Act: Religious protections added to bill Monday

The Senate Monday cleared the way for the bill while also providing a layer of religious freedom, setting up final passage of the Respect for Marriage on Tuesday.


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