US Senate votes to advance bill to enshrine same-sex marriage

The US Senate has voted 62-37 to advance a bill that would enshrine federal recognition of same-sex and interracial marriages.The crucial procedural vote on 16 November follows the US Supreme Court’s reversal of constitutional protections for the right to an abortion, raising fears among civil rights groups and LGBT+ advocates that conservative justices would invite challenge to marriage equality and other rights previously defended by the court.A final vote on the bill could come as early as Thursday.The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which allowed states to refuse to recognise civil marriages of same-sex couples and prohibit all same-sex couples, regardless of their marital status, from federal benefits and protections.Reuters