Ever since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, liberal activists and politicians have expressed concerns that the Supreme Court would target gay marriage next, potentially overturning Obergfell v. Hodges.
Senate Democrats have been attempting to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify gay marriage in to federal law, making the issue moot in the courts.
On Tuesday night, the Senate passed the law with 50 Democrats voting in favor of it along with 12 Republicans.
Republicans who voted against the bill expressed concerns about the bill infringing on people’s civil liberties.
While the Senate did pass a religious liberty amendment that assures that the bill will not “diminish or abrogate a religious liberty or conscience protection otherwise available to an individual or organization under the Constitution of the United States or Federal law”, some people have said the amendment is not enough.
“They acknowledge that the threats to religious liberty are real,” Said Roger Severino of the Heritage Foundation . “By saying we’re not going to take away religious freedom protections, that does nothing.”
The Daily Caller Reports–
“The Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act on Tuesday, with 12 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in supporting the legislation.
The legislation, negotiated in the Senate by Maine Republican Susan Collins and Democrats Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Dianne Feinstein of California, will go back to the House of Representatives. There, it is likely to pass. The lower chamber approved the legislation in July, with 47 Republicans joining all 220 Democrats in support. If signed into law, the Respect for Marriage Act would affirm that states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, in accordance with the Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause.
Democrats began pushing for the legislation in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.”