Let’s start with the positive: Republicans and Democrats are coming together to protect same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court.

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The Respect for Marriage Act codifies marriages and came about amid worries among Democrats

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that the same conservative majority on the Supreme Court that took away the right to abortion will target same-sex marriage in the future.

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The version that overcame a filibuster in the Senate passed the Senate Tuesday

A dozen Republican senators from across the country voted with Democrats before Thanksgiving to limit debate and move toward a final vote.

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even though that is the current reality under the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision.

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"Justice has been done," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted Monday, according to a translation by Reuters. "Starting today, we will be a better nation.

Rather, if the Supreme Court overturned Obergefell and previous state prohibitions on same-sex marriage came back into effect

the Respect for Marriage Act would require states and the federal government to respect marriages conducted in places where it is legal.

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