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Ohio Senator Rob Portman co-sponsors bill to codify same-sex marriage

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UPDATED JULY 20, 2022 AT 3:33 PM EST.

Ohio's U.S. Senator Rob Portman is co-sponsoring a bill to codify same-sex marriage and extend protections to all married couples.

Democrats in the U.S. House yesterday passed the Respect for Marriage Act with 47 Republicans joining them. Four other Ohio Republicans backed the measure including Reps. Mike Carey of Columbus, Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River, Dave Joyce of Chagrin Falls, and Mike Turner of Dayton.

The move comes amid concerns that the Supreme Court ruling ending abortion access could jeopardize other rights criticized by conservatives. Yesterday's vote was political in that it forced House members of both parties to go on the record. It also reflected a legislative branch pushback against a high court that has hinted at reversing some U.S. laws that are considered settled, as abortion rights were.

Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.