Nevada LGBTQ groups hopeful after Senate vote on same-sex marriage / Public News Service

Nevada marriage equality groups say the US Senate’s approval. Law of Respect for Marriage it’s a big 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 perform same-sex marriages.

Chris Davin, executive director of the Henderson Equality Center, said no state should be able to ignore legal same-sex unions.

“It shouldn’t be dependent on someone else who someone can marry because of their beliefs, their religion, their ideology,” Davin said. “When do we finally say, ‘Enough is enough,’ about who gets to dictate what we can and can’t do as living beings?”

The Senate added language to the bill, making it clear that people who run wedding-related businesses and have religious or moral objections do not have to participate in same-sex unions. The bill now returns to the House for a second vote, where it is expected to be approved and then signed by President Joe Biden.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the vote showed, in his words, “the long but inexorable march toward greater equality is moving forward.”

“A decade ago, it would have stretched our imaginations to imagine both sides talking about protecting the rights of same-sex married couples,” Schumer said. “No matter who you are or who you love, you too deserve dignity and equal treatment under the law. That’s the ‘American ideal’ as it comes.”

Opponents argued that the bill could penalize states that have not legalized same-sex unions. Pressure for federal protections for same-sex marriage heated up after the Supreme Court struck down ‘Roe v. Wade’ and removed the constitutional right to abortion.

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