United States: Congressmen want to protect the rights of same-sex married couples

A group of elected congressmen wants to propose a law that would bring federal protection to same-sex married couples in the face of fears that the Supreme Court will reverse the legal recognition of these unions.

United States: Congressmen want to protect the rights of same-sex married couples

A group of elected congressmen wants to propose a law that would bring federal protection to same-sex married couples in the face of fears that the Supreme Court will reverse the legal recognition of these unions.

The "Respect for Marriage Act", supported by many elected Democrats and a Republican senator - also aims to repeal previous legislation defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

“Three weeks ago, a conservative majority on the Supreme Court not only struck down Roe v. Wade, drawing a line under 50 years of case law, but it gave the signal that other rights, such as same-sex marriage, could follow, ”said elected Democrat Jerry Nadler in a press release.

“Given that this Court can target other fundamental rights, we cannot sit idly by while the hard-won gains of the equality movement are systematically rolled back,” he added.

On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark “Roe v. Wade”, which since 1973 guaranteed the right of American women to have an abortion, raising fears of a reconsideration of other historic decisions, such as that concerning gay marriage, legal throughout the country since 2015.

In 2013, the high court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which stripped gay married couples of federal rights, but the law still exists, which the new law seeks to correct.

The “Respect for Marriage Act” stipulates that “for federal law, an individual is considered married if the marriage was validated in the state where it was solemnized”.

"This gives same-sex couples and interracial couples added assurance that they will be able to continue to enjoy similar treatment under federal law as all other married couples - as required by the Constitution," a statement said.

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