A bill protecting same-sex marriage in the United States passed a key stage in the Senate on Wednesday, after an agreement earlier this week between elected officials on both sides.
By a majority of 62 to 37, senators, including a dozen Republicans, voted in favor of a procedural provision, a rare vote that crossed partisan lines, just over a week after the midterm elections.
In the United States, same-sex unions have been guaranteed by the Supreme Court since 2015. But after the high court’s historic reversal on abortion, many progressives fear that this right will also be unraveled.
Negotiations to obtain a qualified majority
In mid-July, the US House of Representatives passed a law to protect these unions across the country. All Democrats and 47 Republicans had supported the text. But nearly 160 Republicans opposed it.
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In the Senate, negotiations had been underway for weeks to ensure the support of at least ten Republicans for the text, necessary for its passage due to qualified majority rules. A group made up of senators from both parties announced Monday that an agreement had been reached in this regard.
This text “will ensure that LGBTQI + and mixed couples are respected and protected uniformly by federal law”, welcomed President Joe Biden in a press release. A large majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, including in the Republican ranks. But the religious right remains mostly opposed to it.