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Kentucky House members vote against bills protecting access to contraceptives and marriage equality

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Liam James Doyle
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NPR

Kentucky’s congressional House members cast votes for two bills that could codify marriage equality and contraception rights.

The legislation comes almost a month after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that once affirmed the constitutional right to an abortion.

Some members of the U.S. House and Senate fear the Supreme Court could overturn additional precedents.

Five of Kentucky’s six U.S. House members have voted against bills safeguarding nationwide access to contraceptives and protecting same-sex and interracial marriage.

Kentucky’s Republican Representatives Andy Barr, James Comer, Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie, and Hal Rogers all voted against the Right to Contraception Act and the Respect for Marriage Act.

The chamber voted 228-195 in favor of the Right to Contraception Act, which protects a person’s ability to access contraceptives and the ability of health care workers to provide birth control.

The Respect for Marriage Act, which would provide protection for interracial and same-sex marriage and replace gendered language in federal law that involves marriage, passed on a 267-157 vote.

Democratic Representative John Yarmuth was the lone Kentucky Congressman to vote in favor of both bills.

Indiana Republican Representative Larry Bucshon, whose district covers the Evansville region, voted against both bills.

Tennessee’s U.S. House republicans also voted against the Respect for Marriage Act and the Right to Contraception Act, with the exception of one member who didn’t cast a vote.

House Democrats in Tennessee and Indiana voted in favor of both bills.

The Right to Contraception Act and the Respect for Marriage Act now head to the U.S. Senate.

Alana Watson is covering the workplace, economic opportunity and infrastructure issues for the ReSource from partner station WKU Public Radio in Bowling Green, KY.
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