A dozen Republican senators joined Democrats to codify same-sex marriage into American law, Breitbart reported. The "Respect for Marriage Act" passed in a 62-37 vote Wednesday.
The bill includes an amendment that will ostensibly protect religious liberty. The legislation will be sent back to the House of Representatives for a vote in the nick of time before the new Congress is sworn in in January.
If the lower chamber approves it, the bill will move on to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it into law. Republicans who voted for the bill include Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Todd Young (R-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Mitt Romney (R-UT).
The left has been eager to address same-sex marriage after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Some believed that the decision that allowed for the unions, Obergefell v. Hodges, would also be in peril at the Supreme Court.
However, the new law differs from Obergefell as it doesn't require all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Instead, it stipulates that marriage licenses issued in states that support the unions be honored in those that do not.
Proponents of the bill also claim that it adds protection for religious liberty. The "No Impact on Religious Liberty and Conscience" amendment was added by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Rob Portman (R-OH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
The "Respect for Marriage Act" is being touted as providing confirmation for the First Amendment rights of citizens and religious entities. The language in it permits anyone who objects to unions on religious grounds to refuse services to promote or honor such unions.
Unfortunately, the reality may be different, according to some religious liberty advocates. "It seeks to put the federal government in charge of marriage, wipes out the rights of individuals to act in accordance with their personal beliefs, and discriminates against religious people treating them as bigots under the law," Heritage Action for America Executive Director Jessica Anderson. said in a statement.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in an op-ed called the bill's "language light years more radical than the justices' ruling seven years ago." He worries the message the bill sends is that "the government would be declaring open season on anyone who believes in marriage as it's always been: the union of a man and woman."
Roger Severino of the Heritage Foundation similarly disputed the usefulness of this provision in such a law. He noted that the amendment would "provide nothing that is not already guaranteed" in the Constitution.
"And it doesn't cover areas where forced participation in same-sex celebrations still occur, such as with private bakers, florists, photographers, and other wedding vendors," Severino added. "The drafters of these amendments are conjuring the illusion of religious freedom while undercutting it at every turn," Severino later pointed out.
The spineless Republicans have sold out their constituents. Despite assurances that this new law will be a good thing for those who believe in traditional marriage, it's just another step towards a Godless America.