Intense negotiations on same-sex marriage took place Monday in the US Congress, where a group of senators is trying to get the support of their fellow Republicans needed to protect this right.
In the United States, same-sex unions were guaranteed by the Supreme Court in 2015. But after the top court’s historic overturn on abortion, many progressives fear that right is now in jeopardy.
In mid-July, the House of Representatives voted to protect same-sex marriage across the country. All Democrats and 47 Republicans supported the text. But nearly 160 Republicans opposed it.
And now, in the Senate, the approval of ten Republicans is needed for his approval due to supermajority rules. For several weeks, Republican Sen. Susan Collins has been working with Democrats to try to convince her conservative colleagues to join her cause.
The leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, assessed on Monday that the negotiations on this text were “successful”. “Your work is not done yet, but I encourage you to continue your efforts,” he said from the floor.
Voting on the Respect for Marriage Act bill could begin as early as next week.
Influential Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who is likely to influence the decision of many of his colleagues, has not yet indicated whether he will vote in favor of the text or not.
In a letter released Monday, more than 400 Republicans — the governor, former lawmakers and several congressional candidates — urged senators to in turn support the measure.
A majority of Americans support same-sex marriage (71%), even among Republicans. But the religious right continues to oppose it.
United States Congress scrutinizes allegations of DD violations. H H. in El Salvador
On the other hand, the Congress of the United States put a magnifying glass on the complaints of alleged cases of human rights violations by the government of the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele.
In order to analyze the situation, a hearing was held this Monday called by the House of Representatives, in which the state of emergency approved by the Legislative Assembly last March and which was extended several times at the request of the president of this country, Central America, was analyzed.
The request was made after a spike in violence that caused 87 killings in 72 hours and prompted Bukele’s government to request this emergency measure, which was extended five times by the pro-government majority legislature.
According to some organizations, during the nearly six months of the state of emergency, 52,000 Salvadorans were detained, most without preliminary investigation, and 76 people died while in prison or in the custody of state agents.
Noah Bullock, a member of the non-governmental organization Cristosal, which filed the complaint, was one of the people who participated in the hearing in the US Congress.
The congressional meeting was called by Representatives James McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Christopher Smith, Republican of New Jersey, co-chairs of the Lantos Committee.
Assistant Deputy Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Emily Mendrala participated in the hearing, explaining that the Biden administration has used tools such as the so-called Magnitsky Act to impose sanctions on Bukele officials accused of negotiating with the gangs MS13 and Barrio 18 .. and the so-called Engel List, which names anti-democratic and corrupt actors in Central America and which features several close associates of the president of Salvador.
Also present, representing President Joe Biden’s administration, was Undersecretary for Human Rights Scott Busby, who along with the undersecretary of state agreed they shared the panel’s concern about the abuses attributed to the Bukele administration during the emergency.
*With information from AFP.