The US Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that protects same-sex marriage at the federal level. TASR received the report from Reuters on Wednesday. 61 senators supported the proposal and 36 were against it.

At least 60 votes were needed in the 100-member Senate for approval. 49 Democratic senators and 12 Republicans voted in favor. The federal government will be required to recognize such a marriage if it is permitted in the particular state in which it was performed. The measure is intended to prevent the US Supreme Court from overturning its 2015 decision, which ruled that such couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to marry in all 50 US states.

The House of Representatives of the US Congress has already approved a similar proposal. Congressmen must also approve the version adopted by the Senate on Tuesday before it is sent to President Joe Biden for signature, writes Reuters.

This law will ensure millions of Americans the rights and protections to which LGBTQI+ and mixed (interracial) couples and their children are entitled,” the president said in a statement. “The long but inexorable march toward greater equality moves forward today,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

By passing this bill, the Senate, he said, is sending a message every American needs to hear: “It doesn’t matter who you are or who you love; you also deserve dignified and equal treatment under the law“.

There are approximately 568,000 same-sex married couples in the US, Reuters reports, citing authorities.

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