By Rose Horowitch and Moira Warburton
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Home of Representatives on Tuesday was anticipated to go laws defending homosexual marriage rights, after the Supreme Court docket’s choice to overturn Roe v. Wade imperiled comparable precedents that protected rights to same-sex relations and contraception.
The invoice establishes federal protections for homosexual marriage and prohibits anybody from denying the validity of a wedding based mostly on the race or intercourse of the couple.
Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler sponsored the invoice after the federal proper to an abortion was overturned when the Supreme Court docket struck down its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas mentioned the courtroom must also rethink its previous rulings that assured entry to contraception and the 2015 proper to homosexual marriage, as a result of they relied on the identical authorized arguments that Roe did.
The invoice is predicted to win bipartisan assist within the Home, based on a Judiciary Committee aide, however it faces a tough highway within the Senate the place Republican opponents would possibly be capable of block passage.
Congressional Republicans have echoed Thomas’ arguments. Republican Senator Ted Cruz mentioned on Saturday that the excessive courtroom was “clearly improper” in establishing a federal proper to homosexual marriage.
Democrats have argued that Congress should enshrine the best to homosexual marriage into federal legislation in case the courtroom revisits its previous rulings.
“The rights and freedoms that we’ve got come to cherish will vanish right into a cloud of radical ideology and doubtful authorized reasoning,” Nadler mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
Beneath the Home invoice, states may nonetheless limit homosexual marriage if the Supreme Court docket overturns its prior ruling. However such states could be required to acknowledge marriages that occurred in states the place they continue to be authorized.
Democrats are hoping the payments will draw a distinction to Republicans forward of Nov. 8 midterm elections, during which hovering inflation challenges Democrats’ majority maintain on the Home and Senate.
(Reporting by Rose Horowitch and Moira Warburton; modifying by Jonathan Oatis)
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