Senate Advances The “Respect for Marriage Act”

It requires the recognition of valid marriages regardless of "sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin."

The senate advanced laws that would provide federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages.

The 62 to 37 vote was a key test of support for the “Respect for Marriage Act.” The bill received support from 12 Republican members as the senate easily conquered the 60 vote’s required to move the legislation forward.

The new bill repeals the Defense of Marriage Act and gives same-sex and interracial marriages a safety net for protection.

It requires the recognition of valid marriages regardless of “sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.”