Headline RoundupNovember 30th, 2022

Senate Passes Respect for Marriage Act in 61-36 Vote

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The Senate voted 61-36 Tuesday to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which would provide federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriage.

For Context: Twelve Republicans joined all Democrats in supporting the bill, which arose after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said earlier this year that the Court "should reconsider" its prior decision on same-sex marriage. The bill is a key element of the Congress's current lame-duck session, as Democrats try to push through multiple agenda items before Republicans take over the House in January. A bipartisan amendment to the bill was adopted Monday stating that nonprofit religious organizations "shall not be required to provide services" to a marriage they oppose. Three other suggested amendments from Republicans failed.

What's Next: The bill now heads to back to the House, where it's expected to be passed and sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the House could vote on it as early as next week. 

How the Media Covered It: The bill's Senate passage was a top story from news sources across the political spectrum Tuesday evening. Right-rated outlets tended to focus more on the proposed amendments.

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