U.S. House on bipartisan vote passes bill protecting right to same-sex marriage


WASHINGTON — Both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House voted Tuesday to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law, though the bill’s path forward in the Senate is unclear.

The 267-157 bipartisan vote stemmed from concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion may not be the only fundamental right the conservative justices could undo. A total of 47 Republicans voted for the bill.

The Respect for Marriage Act, sponsored by New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, would require state governments to recognize marriages from other states regardless of the sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin

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