House to Vote on Gay Marriage, Abortion Due to Post-Roe Concerns
The Democrat-controlled Congress is planning an attempt to codify the right to abortion and gay marriage into law.
The announcement comes in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
“I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade into law. And the way to do that is to make sure Congress votes to do that,” President Biden said following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, urged his colleagues to pass these measures.
“As this Court may take aim at other fundamental rights, we cannot sit idly by,” Nadler said.
This occurred even after Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion that the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, “concerns the constitutional right to abortion and no other right.”
However, in his concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas questioned the legal reasoning behind Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage. Thomas also suggested that the decision guaranteeing a right to contraceptives should be reviewed.
If passed, the vote scheduled in the House for Tuesday will amend the Defense of Marriage Act, which when passed in 1996, defined marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.
Democrats are calling this new bill the Respect for Marriage Act. This bill would prohibit the withholding of a marriage license for same-sex couples.
Fox News is reporting that a vote on contraceptives is scheduled for later this week.