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Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The House passed legislation adding federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriage by a vote of 258-169 yesterday, sending the Senate-approved language to President Joe Biden for signature.

Such protections have been de facto legalized following Supreme Court decisions in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015, same-sex marriage) and Loving v. Virginia (1967, interracial marriage). However, supporters of the bill argued the legislation was needed following the court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, on the basis that future potential court decisions may return the matter to individual states. Critics argued the legislation addressed a nonexistent threat that wasn't addressed in this spring's abortion decision.

Notably, the bill does not force all 50 states to perform same-sex marriages but does require states to recognize ceremonies performed in other jurisdictions where the process is legal.

Surveys show support for same-sex marriage has more than doubled over the past 25 years, up from 27% to 71%. See data here.

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