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Same-sex, interracial marriage bill clears Congress

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:HOUSE TVWashington, DC - 8 December 20221. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Jerold Nadler, (D) New York:"Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Senate amendment to H.R. 8404 The Respect for Marriage Act. I first introduced a version of this legislation in 2009, and I am very proud that after a long journey, it will soon be headed to the President's desk."2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Chris Pappas, (D) New Hampshire:"Next year, I'll marry the love of my life. And it's unthinkable that if the Supreme Court heeds Justice Thomas's call that our marriage might not be recognized in New Hampshire, where we might be recognized in New Hampshire, where we live, but not across the country. That's the reality that many couples fear."3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R) Missouri:"I hope and pray that my colleagues will find the courage to join me in opposing this misguided and this dangerous bill on this."4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House: ++PARTIALLY COVERED WITH GRAPHIC OF VOTE++"On this vote, the yays are 258. The nays are 169. Present one. The motion is adopted."POOL Washington, DC - 8 December 20225. Wide of Speaker Pelosi enrolling the legislation6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House: "Today, Congress sends the Respect for Marriage Act to the president's desk, a glorious triumph to love and freedom. Let us salute those who have legislated and advocated relentlessly to make this bill the law of the land." 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader:"This legislation is a chance to send a message to Americans everywhere. No matter who you are, who you love, you two deserve dignity and equal treatment under the law."++WHITE FLASH++8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Susan Collins, (R) Maine:"It's a bill that truly will make a difference to the lives of so many American families. And that's why it matters so much." STORYLINE:Legislation protecting same-sex marriages is heading to President Joe Biden's desk after the House gave it final approval Thursday. It's a monumental step in a decadeslong battle for nationwide recognition of those unions, and it reflects a stark turnaround in societal attitudes.President Joe Biden is expected to promptly sign the measure, which requires all states to recognize same-sex marriages. It is a relief for hundreds of thousands of couples who have married since the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that legalized those marriages and have worried about what would happen if the ruling were overturned. The bipartisan legislation, which passed 258-169 with almost 40 Republican votes, would also protect interracial unions by requiring states to recognize legal marriages regardless of “sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.” After months of negotiations, the Senate passed the bill last week with 12 Republican votes. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who presided over the vote as one of her last acts in leadership before stepping aside in January, wiped her eye as she became emotional before signing the bill, which sent it to the White House immediately after the vote. She called the bill “a glorious triumph of love and freedom.” Democrats moved the bill quickly through the House and Senate after the Supreme Court’s June decision that overturned the federal right to an abortion. That ruling included a concurring opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas that suggested the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage could also be reconsidered.The legislation would not require states to allow same-sex couples to marry, as the Supreme Court's 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision now does. But it would require states to recognize all marriages that were legal where they were performed and it would protect current same-sex unions if the Obergefell decision were overturned.While it's not everything advocates may have wanted, passage of the legislation represents a watershed moment. Just a decade ago, many Republicans openly campaigned on blocking same-sex marriages; today more than two-thirds of the public support them.Democrats in the Senate, led by Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin and Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema, worked with supportive Republican senators to address those GOP concerns by negotiating changes to clarify that the legislation does not affect the current rights of private individuals or businesses. The amended bill would also make clear that a marriage is between two people, an effort to ward off some far-right criticism that the legislation could endorse polygamy. In the end, several religious groups, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, came out in support of the bill. The Mormon church said it would support rights for same-sex couples as long as they didn’t infringe upon religious groups’ right to believe as they choose. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who led negotiations with Baldwin and Sinema in the Senate, attended a ceremony after the House vote with Pelosi and House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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