Moira Warburton is a reporter for Reuters.

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Senate Passes Federal Same-sex Marriage Recognition; Bill Heads to House

by Moira Warburton, Reuters 11-29-2022

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) speaks during a news conference following the weekly Democratic caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger

The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would protect federal recognition of same-sex marriage, a measure taken up in response to worries the Supreme Court could overturn a 2015 decision that legalized it nationwide.

Same-sex Marriage Protection Bill Clears Initial Hurdle in Senate

by Moira Warburton, Reuters 11-21-2022

The U.S. Capitol is seen at sunset in Washington, D.C., Jan. 5, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

The bill garnered the 60 votes required to limit debate before a final vote on its passage. It would serve as a legal backstop against any future Supreme Court action by requiring the federal government to recognize any marriage that was legal in the state it was performed.