Nevada LGBTQ+ Groups Hopeful after Senate Vote on Same-Sex Marriage
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Nevada marriage-equality groups say the U.S. Senate's passage of the Respect for Marriage Act is a huge step forward for people who identify as LGBTQ+.
The bill would require states to recognize all marriages performed in other states. However, it does not require any state to conduct same-sex marriages.
Chris Davin, executive director of the Henderson Equality Center, said no state should be allowed to disregard legal, same-sex unions.
"It should not be up to somebody else who somebody can marry because of their beliefs, their religion, their ideology," Davin contended. "When do we finally say, 'Enough is enough,' on who can dictate what we can and cannot do as living beings?"
The Senate added language to the bill, clarifying people who run wedding-related businesses and have religious or moral objections do not have to participate in same-sex unions. The bill now goes back to the House for a second vote, where it is expected to pass and then be signed by President Joe Biden.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the vote showed, in his words, "the long, but inexorable march towards greater equality advances forward."
"A decade ago, it would have strained all of our imaginations to envision both sides talking about protecting the rights of same-sex married couples," Schumer pointed out. "No matter who you are or who you love, you too deserve dignity and equal treatment under the law. That's about as 'American ideal' as it comes."
Opponents argued the bill could penalize states which have not legalized same-sex unions. The push for federal protections for same-sex marriage heated up after the Supreme Court reversed 'Roe v. Wade' and took away the constitutional right to abortion.
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