PROGRES The text, which must now be passed by the House, protects same-sex unions, even if the Supreme Court reverses its decision
US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, November 29, 2022. — J. Scott Applewhite/AP/SIPA
“ Love is love”. The United States Senate voted Tuesday, at 61 votes against 36, a law protecting same-sex marriage in the whole of the United States, for fear of a backtracking of the Supreme Court on the matter.“T’ love is love and Americans should be able to marry the person they love,” US President Joe Biden” said in a statement.
The House of Representatives, which had already approved a very similar text in July, still has to vote again on this amended law, which should only be a formality. Joe Biden will then have to sign the text.
Same-sex unions have been guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court since 2015. But after the high court’s historic flip-flop on abortion, many progressives fear that right will also be unraveled.
Concretely, the law repeals previous legislation defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and prohibits civil registrars — regardless of state in which they work — to discriminate against couples “because of their gender, race, ethnicity. or origin”. This text also applies to interracial couples.
If the Supreme Court reverses 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 couples the resulting protections (tax, health, parenthood).