Headline RoundupJuly 20th, 2022

House Passes Bill to Codify Same-Sex Marriage with Large Bipartisan Support

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47 House Republicans joined all Democrats on Tuesday to pass a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and codify same-sex and interracial marriage.

The legislation, which passed 267-157, was introduced after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade last month — a move that authorized states to enforce their own abortion restrictions. While same-sex marriage became legal nationwide after the 2015 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, some Republicans have criticized the move for taking away power from the states. "All married people who are building their lives together must know that that the government will respect and recognize their marriages—for all time," House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a floor speech. The bill will now need to gain at least 10 Republican votes in order to overcome the filibuster in the Senate.

Some left-rated outlets noted that the same-sex marriage legislation will have to "compete for precious floor time" with other Democratic priorities such as a drug pricing bill and a semiconductor production billRight-rated coverage highlighted House Republicans who labeled the legislation as "a solution in search of a problem."

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