A bill to protect same-sex marriage clears a major hurdle in the Senate

A bill to protect same-sex marriage clears a major hurdle in the Senate

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.). Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

The Marriage ActA bill to codify same-sex and interracial marriage protections cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday after winning enough support from Senate Republicans.

Why it matters: A motion to continue debate on the bill passed by a vote of 62-37, more than the 60 votes needed to override the Senate’s decision, meaning the legislation would have the support to pass the House.

What caught our eye: Dozens Senate Republicans voted with all Democrats to pass the bill.

  • Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tom Tillis (R-N.C.) were involved in gathering GOP votes for the bill and were expected to vote for it.
  • Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Burr (R.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R.W.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Mitt Romney (R.) voted for him. -Utah), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
  • The bill was unique supported by the Mormon Church.

What’s next: If the amended bill passes the Senate, it will go back to the House for a vote. If it clears both chambers, it will head to President Biden’s desk.

  • Key House Democrats, including LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Chairman David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and House Judiciary Chairman Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Axios said the changes may not prevent the House from taking up the bill again.

Background: There was a calculation introduced in July After Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas signaled The consensus is that decisions like Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in Dobbs v. Jackson, could be at risk.

  • He is passed his house later that month with the support of about 50 Republicans.
  • The bill’s progress in the Senate has been slowed by Republican senators demanded changes clarifying that this does not infringe on religious freedom.
  • The end happened marked After the Nov. 8 midterms, two aides from both parties told Axios that this is the best way to garner the GOP vote. A bipartisan group of senators is working on the bill on Monday announced the agreement on changes.

What are they saying?: “Love is love, and Americans should have the right to marry the person they love,” President Biden said in a statement after the vote.

  • Biden urged Congress to send the bill to his desk “quickly” and said he would sign it.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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