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US Congress passes law protecting same-sex marriage

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The American Congress adopted this Thursday, December 8 a law protecting same-sex marriage in the whole of the United States, for fear of a reversal of the Supreme Court in the matter. US President Joe Biden has pledged to enact it without delay.

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Unions between gay or lesbian people have been guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court since 2015. But after the high court’s historic reversal on abortion last June, many progressives fear that this right will also be unraveled.

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Already, the temple of law seems ready to authorize certain American businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples, in the name of freedom of expression. He could decide in this direction as early as this summer.

Support from the majority of Americans

A large majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, including in the Republican ranks. But the religious right remains mostly opposed to it.

Specifically, the law passed Tuesday in the US Congress repeals previous legislation defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. And prohibits civil registrars, regardless of the state in which they work, to discriminate against couples “because of their sex, race, ethnicity or origin”.

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It was voted by all elected Democrats and 39 Republicans. 169 members of the “Grand Old Party” opposed it. “I think this is the wrong way to go”said the elected Republican Jim Jordan, a close friend of former President Donald Trump.

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The text, baptized “Respect for Marriage Act”, had been approved by the Senate last week. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who will come down from the perch in January, was delighted that “one of the last laws” which she will sign as “Speaker” protects this type of unions.

In the hemicycle, a few minutes before the vote, she paid tribute to Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay councilman, assassinated in 1978. “He once said to his supporters ‘I have tasted freedom, I will not go back'”she said. “Today, the House stands proudly with the forces of freedom, against the backsliding”said the chosen one.

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