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    US House says yes to same-sex marriage — here are some key Bills it passed recently

    US House says yes to same-sex marriage — here are some key Bills it passed recently

    US House says yes to same-sex marriage — here are some key Bills it passed recently
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    After the turmoil unleashed by the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade and even gun control — with more similar judgments expected — the world's only superpower seems to be backsliding to another era. Meanwhile, the Democrat-majority House of Representatives is trying to balance it out with some more contemporary legislation.  

    The US House of Representatives on July 20 approved a nationwide legislation to protect same-sex and interracial marriages amid concerns that the Supreme Court could roll back recognition of such unions. The top US court’s had recently overturned Roe v Wade federal abortion access.

    The Respect for Marriage Act was passed in the US House of Representatives by 267 to 157 votes. However, its prospects are uncertain in the Senate.

    In the Democrat-controlled chamber, 47 Republican lawmakers voted for the Bill along with the Democrats. In the 100-member Senate, Democrats have 50 seats and would require 10 Republican votes to bring the measure to the floor.

    The Respect for Marriage Act would enable all states in the US to recognise a valid marriage performed in another state, providing protection to same-sex unions and interracial marriages.

    Here’s a look at some of the key Bills passed by the US House of Representatives in recent times.

    Gun control Bill

    In June, the House passed a wide-ranging gun control Bill following mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. The Bill sought not just to raise the age limit for purchasing a semi-automatic rifle, but also to prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds. The legislation was passed by the House by a vote of 223-204.

    Aid for Ukraine

    In March, the House approved a massive spending bill of $13.6 billion in US aid to Ukraine under Russian siege.

    Defence Act

    The US House of Representatives on July 15 passed the annual defence spending Bill, which includes several pro-Taiwan amendments. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 got 329 votes to 101.

    Abortion access

    The US House of Representatives passed two Bills on July 15 to protect access to abortion. This was the chamber’s first legislative attempt to safeguard the procedure after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade the previous month.

    The first Bill, called the Women’s Health Protection Act, was passed by a vote of 219-210, while the second Bill, called the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act, was passed with 223-205 votes.

    Landmark wildlife conservation Bill

    The US House of Representatives in June approved the largest investment in US wildlife conservation in decades through the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). The Act called for an investment of $1.397 billion per year in state, local and tribal efforts to help wildlife at risk. The legislation was passed with a vote of 231-190.

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