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The bill, which would ensure that same-sex and interracial marriages are enshrined in federal law, was approved 61-36 on Tuesday, including support from 12 Republicans.
By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press
All 50 Democratic senators and 12 Republicans voted Wednesday to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, which would protect the rights of same-sex and interracial couples under federal law.
By Ryan Thomas
Legislation to protect same-sex and interracial marriages has crossed a major Senate hurdle, putting Congress on track to take the historic step of ensuring that such unions are enshrined in federal law.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints voiced its support for proposed federal legislation safeguarding same-sex marriages, but said that church doctrine would continue to consider same-sex relationships against God's commandments.
By Sam Metz, Associated Press
By Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press
Japan's capital has begun issuing certificates recognizing same-sex couples, becoming the largest municipality to do so in a country in which same-sex marriage is not allowed.
By Associated Press
Lawmakers in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas have voted to legalize same-sex marriages, becoming the last of Mexico's 32 states to authorize such unions.
By Cristiana Mesquita, Associated Press
Cuban voters have approved a sweeping "family law" code that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as redefining rights for children and grandparents.
Cuba held a rare referendum Sunday on an unusually contentious law — a government-backed “family law” code that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt, as well as outlining the rights of children and grandparents.
By Lisa Desjardins
The U.S. Senate is pushing off voting on a bill to protect same-sex marriage until after the midterms. The Respect for Marriage Act already passed the House with support from dozens of Republicans, but Senate negotiators could not get the…
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