House Democrats on Tuesday passed a bill to codify same-sex marriage rights, calling it a preemptive strike against a conservative Supreme Court that they say won’t stop at overturning the nationwide right to abortion.
It is also the latest measure passed by House Democrats that has no chance of surviving the Senate but telegraphs the party’s values to voters.
The Respect for Marriage Act, which passed 267 to 157, would repeal a Clinton-era law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Forty-seven Republicans also approved the measure.
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It follows several messaging bills that Democrats pushed through the House to demonstrate their priorities including legislation protecting abortion access and curbing access to guns.
“In the absence of the House acting, often nothing would occur,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries of New York. “That, in fact, is the case with guns and, in fact, in so many other areas.” (Read more from “House Dems Pass Same-Sex Marriage Protection Bill, Shore up Messaging for Midterm Campaigns” HERE)
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