Results from Tag: 'same-sex marriage'

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington on July 18.

US House Passes Respect for Marriage Act

In the July 19 vote, Democrats in favor of the bill were joined by 74 Republicans. The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage federally as the union of a man and a woman and permitted states not to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in other states.

The Senate voted 21-8, with three abstentions, in favor of the report from the joint committee the morning of Dec. 7.

Chile Legalizes ‘Same-Sex Marriage’

The bill was “more urgent than pensions, more urgent than violence, more urgent than decent healthcare. There is no other bill, not even healthcare, which is paramount, to be so fast-tracked,” Constantino lamented.

Around 64% of voters backed the measure in a referendum on Sept. 26, making Switzerland the world’s 30th country to approve gay marriage.

Swiss Voters Back Same-Sex Marriage

Switzerland’s Catholic bishops said in December that legalizing same-sex marriage was “fraught with numerous administrative, legal and ethical difficulties.”