PROGRES Twelve Republican senators have joined the Democrats, and the text is expected to pass in late November
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A bill protecting same-sex marriage in the United States has passed. Wednesday a key stage in the Senate, after an agreement at the start of the week between elected officials on both sides. By a majority of 62 against 37, the senators, including a dozen Republicans, voted in favor of a procedural arrangement, a rare vote crossing partisan lines, at just over a week after the midterm elections. The text should now be adopted; after Thanksgiving, end of November.
In the United States, same-sex unions have been guaranteed by the Supreme Court since 2015. But after the high court’s historic flip-flop on abortion, many progressives fear that right will also be unraveled.
In mid-July, the American House of Representatives had voted to a law to protect these unions throughout the country. All Democrats and 47 Republicans had supported the text. But nearly 160 Republicans opposed it.
In the Senate, negotiations had been underway for weeks to ensure the support of at least ten Republicans for the text, necessary for its passage due to majority rules. qualified. A group composed of of senators from both parties announced Monday that an agreement had been reached. found in this sense.
This text “will ensure that LGBTQI + and mixed couples are respected and protected in a uniform manner by the law. derails,” President Joe Biden in a statement. If the Supreme Court reversed 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 grant to; these flow the protections (tax, health, parenthood) resulting from this.
A large majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, including in the Republican ranks. But the religious right remains mostly opposed to it.