House Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill With 47 Republican Votes

House passes bill to legalize gay and interracial marriage in all states
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Sometimes it seems that Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on anything anymore. And even if they do agree on an issue, we often get the feeling that they don’t cooperate just because of politics. Recently, however, a Democrat-led bill about same-sex marriage passed through the House with a remarkable amount of Republican support.

On Tuesday, the House passed the Respect for Marriage Act. The Act would protect marriage equality by repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and providing federal protections for same-sex and interracial couples, reports CBS News.

Every Democrat voted for the bill, and 47 Republicans did as well.

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The bill now has to get through the Senate and will need at least ten Republican votes to do so.

Democrats presented the bill after the concurring opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas in Dobbs which suggested that Supreme Court decisions involving access to contraception and same-sex marriage should be reconsidered. Senator Ted Cruz may have added fuel to the file when he recently said that the Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage was wrongly decided.

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The House is also considering the Right to Contraception Act, “which if passed would create a statutory right for people to access birth control and protect a range of contraceptive methods, as well as ensure health care providers have a right to provide contraception services to patients.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican, said most Republicans will probably oppose the Right to Contraception Act, but Republicans would be split on the same-sex marriage proposal. 

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Democrats are working hard to preserve rights that the Supreme Court has given to all Americans, after it overturned one of those decisions. It looks like there is a good amount of support for the Respect for Marriage Act, but not so much for the Right to Contraception Act, at least from Republicans. Why do you think that is? Do you think Americans should have the right to birth control? What about gay marriage? What about interracial marriage? Sound off in the comments.

Stacey Warner

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