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The Respect for Marriage Act passed the Senate Tuesday, redefining marriage to include unions between homosexual couples and mandating that all states must recognize homosexual marriages.
The RFMA represents one of the first legislative responses to the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of ‘Roe v. Wade’ in June.
Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, a Catholic who voted against the measure, said in a statement following the vote that the bill as passed puts religious freedom in jeopardy.
The bill would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage in federal law as the union of a man and a woman.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the spate of new bills is necessary to resist a ‘dark desire to punish and control America’s most intimate and personal decisions.’
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.
According to canon law, laypeople are not allowed to preach homilies during Mass.