Senate Democrats Say They Have the Votes to Pass Marriage Equality Bill

Senate negotiators involved in talks to enact protections for same-sex marriage at the federal level say they have enough support to ensure passage of a bill, and will begin procedural votes as early as this Wednesday. The Respect for Marriage Act — sponsored by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), the first openly lesbian senator in U.S. history — has the support of the entire Democratic caucus as well as a few Republican senators. According to sources speaking to HuffPost, there are at least 10 Republicans who are on board with voting to thwart a Senate filibuster, which would have upended passage…

Senate Democrats Hope to Pass Bill Codifying Marriage Equality Before Midterms

Democratic lawmakers in Congress may make one last push in the coming weeks to pass a number of bills — including one protecting the right to same-sex marriage — in the run-up to the midterm elections. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised a vote on marriage equality last month, but told reporters he wouldn’t provide them with a “timetable” for when the vote would take place. While some have criticized the impending vote as a means of getting more support for Democrats in the upcoming elections, Schumer’s aides told Politico that the delay is about ensuring that the bill can…

Marriage Equality Bill Could Break Senate Filibuster, Lawmakers Say

Lawmakers in support of a bill to codify marriage equality throughout the U.S., cementing rights recognized in a 2015 Supreme Court case, are optimistic that the legislation can attain the 60-vote threshold needed to avert a filibuster. Several Republican senators have indicated support for the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a law that is still technically on the books that, if reinstated, would allow conservative states to discriminate against LGBTQ couples in their jurisdictions. The bill comes in response to rising Christofascism from the Supreme Court, which has suggested…

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