United States: In Senate, Republicans combine with democrats to protect homosexual marriage

The bill should quickly be submitted to the signing of President Joe Biden, after a vote in the House of Representatives.

by Piotr Smolar (Washington, correspondent)

The first two years of the Biden presidency were marked by an intense parliamentary activity in economic and social matters. The end of the current session, before the entry of the new Republican Room of Republican Room in January, knew, on Tuesday, November 29, a major and bipartisan episode on Tuesday, November 29, in a completely different field. The Senate adopted by 61 votes against 36 a text aimed at protecting gay marriage, without however designating it as a federal right. Each state will continue, or not, to propose this union, but all will have to recognize the ceremonies practiced elsewhere.

After a vote in the House, Joe Biden has promised to sign this highly symbolic text shortly, which constitutes an unforeseen replica of the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on abortion in late June. By eliminating the voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) as constitutional right, the highest jurisdiction in the country had raised the clock in history, after half a century of practice.

Judge Clarence Thomas had also signed a dissident opinion. This veteran of the Supreme Court, where he has been sitting since 1991, estimated that the same argument – refuting the application of the right to privacy – could be used to question other fundamental decisions: consensual relations between people likewise Sex, contraception and gay marriage. Even if he did not engage all of the conservative judges, this assumed reactionary project caused a shock wave in the American company. Its effects were felt in the mid-term elections in early November. They also prompted certain Republican elected officials to change their position to place themselves more in accordance with the evolution of society.

The bill adopted by the Senate Tuesday returns to the Defense of Marriage Act, voted in 1996 under Bill Clinton, who limited the definition of marriage to the union of a man and a woman. It will no longer be possible for a State to refuse recognition of a marriage concluded in another state, on the basis of the sex or the origin of the persons committed.

“The United States is about to reaffirm a fundamental truth: love is love and Americans should be able to marry the person they love,” Joe Biden reacted in a statement on Tuesday . Voting in the Senate represents the realization of a Bipartisan work, which has accelerated in the wake of the decision of the Supreme Court, after the adoption, in July, in the Chamber of a similar text with the support of 47 Republicans.

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