(UnitedVoice.com) – When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade as a consequence of its ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Justice Clarence Thomas submitted a concurring opinion that raised some eyebrows. While he never specifically called for any other precedent’s demise, he did specifically mention several that the court might want to consider. Politicians on the Left immediately began a campaign to codify rulings such as Obergefell v Hodges, which opened the door to legally-recognized same-sex marriage in America, into law.
On November 29, in a remarkable show of bipartisanship, the US Senate passed the Respect For Marriage Act by a filibuster-proof vote of 61-36. Twelve Republicans joined all present Democrats — Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is on the campaign trail — in resolving several amendments and sending the bill back to the House, which passed the original version in July with a quarter of the GOP caucus on board.
The Senate has voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation to codify federal protection for marriages of same-sex and interracial couples, 61 to 36.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 29, 2022
The bill had to address issues of religious freedom to bring Republicans into the fold. Nonprofit religious organizations refuse to participate in or perform any ceremonies their sect disallows, nor will they accept the loss of their tax status for their beliefs. Polygamous marriage remains unrecognized.
Holdouts included Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who believes the bill is pointless because gay couples already have the right to marry based on SCOTUS precedent. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) foresees a mountain of lawsuits that will see just how far the Left can push its beliefs with the new language.
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