Filibuster lost on the gay marriage bill
Homophobic marriage foes have tried and failed to stop equality time after again. The first step towards nationwide protection for same-sex couples will soon be taken when the Senate votes on an up-or-down vote.
The Senate has passed a bill that will protect Americans in loving marriages from discrimination, and it does so by respecting our country’s critical principle of religious liberty.
The House is set to vote on a measure that would enshrine marriage equality months after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas raised the specter of reversing last year’s landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision recognizing same-sex unions!
Thomas called on his fellow Justices of the Supreme Court in an opinion that sparked an outcry from both sides. He suggested they reconsider other rights established by previous decisions, including access to contraception and gay marriage, which have been highly debated recently with court cases surrounding them waiting for assignment at lower levels within our justice system.
After the Supreme Court removed abortion rights from all 50 states, Massachusetts Representative Thomas’. His opinion on this matter prompted him to bring forth a marriage equality bill in July and it was passed through both houses of Congress within one week.
Marriages should be between two people who love each other.
“The American people want to ensure that everyone has the freedom and right to marry whom they choose,” said Democratic Senatorial candidate Tammy Baldwin. “Individuals in same-sex marriages as well interracial couples need guarantee their marriage remains legal with no assurance this will continue.”
The U.S. Senate is set to vote on Wednesday, and if passed, this bill will be sent immediately overlord Joe Biden’s desk for his signature!
Vice President Joe Biden released a statement after today’s Senate vote heralding an upcoming administration policy to protect the right to marry one’s love.
A bill passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by former president Barack Obama last year ensures all Americans can marry who they want without discrimination or obstacles based on sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. However, there are still some states where this isn’t possible. Due diligence is needed before next month when those laws take effect nationwide—including my home state Minnesota which has yet to establish its own marriage equality act. However, multiple petitions drive Successful demonstrations demanding change over time.
LGBT rights have been a hot topic recently, with many people coming out as homosexual or transgender. Some bills seek to entitle same-sex couples under the law even though they may disagree because it goes against their religion which teaches them marriage should only be between one man and woman.”
“This legislation takes away any protection for religious liberty while still allowing some fishy language that will allow lawsuits against businesses if they don’t want to participate based on faith,” said Alliance Defending Freedom CEO Kristen Waggoner when discussing this new piece of U.S. tax code introduced today (1/6).
“Officials and activists will use this bill to punish those who do not share their views on marriage,” said Waggoner, adding that Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz voices his opposition in episode eight of the podcasting series The Takeout, where he speaks out against religious institutions being targeted due because they use “a biblical definition” as what defines an institution.
“This bill, if passed in its current form, would have massive consequences across our country. It could weaponize the Biden administration to go after universities and K-12 schools as well as social services organizations like churches that provide vital help for those in need,” Cruz said during his speech on Tuesday morning before Congress concerning religious liberty protections threatened by President Obama his upcoming Executive Order regarding accessions into federal programs without approval from counsel.
In response to concerns over religious liberty, a group of bipartisan senators unveiled an amendment to address those worries.
The new language would no longer require nonprofit religious organizations to provide support or facilities for same-sex marriages, nor recognize polygamous ones.
Not doing something about it would ‘put LGBTQ families at risk.’
One of the bill’s sponsors, Susan Collins from Maine, said these changes would strengthen it. She explained how they ensured there wouldn’t be discrimination against people in same-sex or interracial marriages while protecting religious liberties and conscience protections for all Americans.
“This is a matter of great urgency,” said Dick Durbin, Senate Democratic Whip. “Millions are at risk if Clarence Thomas has his way.” LGBTQ families and activists also warned that the loss of abortion protections could lead to similar risks for same-sex marriage as well
In other words: something needs to be done before it’s too late!
“I have performed more than 100 straight and same-sex weddings,” said Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, president and CEO of Interfaith Alliance, as he stood in front of an assembled crowd at City Hall on Monday evening during a press conference announcing that they will be filing lawsuits against states passing laws allowing members to marry only those who are opposite their gender identity or sexual orientation ̶ something discrimination based upon sex among other things including race cannot occur under federal law, but some churches still do it anyway because tradition matters more than anything else these days.
Rev. defeating argued that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, and he’s not going back on those marriages even though they were performed in the church by him as their pastor!
The House passed a bill in July that would protect interracial marriage, with an overwhelming majority of Democrats voting yes and Republicans supporting it.