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The US Senate, a bulwark against an ultra-conservative Supreme Court

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Protect yourself from the worst. After the reversal of the Supreme Court on abortion, the American Senate tries to legislate to protect the rights of Americans. The upper house voted on Tuesday, November 29 a law to protect same-sex marriage throughout the United States. The text was approved by 61 votes, including Republican votes, against 36.

The bill goes back to the Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996 under Bill Clinton, which limited the definition of marriage to the union of a man and a woman. From now on, no American State will be able to refuse the recognition of a marriage concluded in another State, “on grounds of sex, race, ethnicity or origin” committed people. However, the text does not federalize marriage for all: each state will continue, or not, to offer this union.

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The House of Representatives had already validated a very similar text in July, supported by all Democrats and 47 Republicans. It will vote next week on this amended law in order to harmonize the two texts, which should only be a formality.

“After months of hard work, after many cross-partisan negotiations, after many doubts, we are taking a decisive step towards greater justice for Americans in the LGBTQ community”welcomed the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, dressed in the tie he had worn

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