HomeLegislationSenate passes bi-partisan same sex marriage bill

Senate passes bi-partisan same sex marriage bill

Published on

The U.S. Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act Tuesday in a bipartisan vote of 61 to 36, which will require the federal government to recognize all marriages, including same-sex marriages, that are legal in the state where they took place.

The measure will now move to the House, where it is expected to pass in the final days as a Democratic-controlled chamber, before making its way to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature.

- Advertisement -

A handful GOP senators, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, Joni Ernst, Cynthia Lummis, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Dan Sullivan, Thom Tillis and Todd Young, earlier this month helped the bill clear a first procedural hurdle.

An amendment by Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., was adopted Monday evening aimed at making sure the bill does not undermine religious liberty and states that nonprofit religious organizations “shall not be required to provide services” to a marriage it opposes.

- Advertisement -

On Tuesday the senate also considered three additional amendments to the bill by Senators Marco Rubio, R-Florida, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and James Lankford, R-Okla., that would have purportedly added stronger religious liberty protections to the measure, but all failed to reach a threshold vote for final adoption.

The bill is a result of months-long bipartisan negotiations. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this month that his original intent was to introduce the bill for a vote in September, but at the urging of colleagues on both sides of the aisle, he opted to hold off on scheduling a vote to give time for the “bipartisan process to play out.”

- Advertisement -

“Much better to pass this legislation and move equality forward than simply have a show vote, which would bring political reckoning but no real change for the American people,” he said.

Reporting from Brianna Herkihy, Fox News

- Advertisement -

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

More like this

Florida Home Insurance Companies Seek over 50% rate increase over already record premiums

Two Florida insurance companies are seeking rate hikes of over 50% over spiraling costs...

Moms for Liberty Riley Gaines “hostage for ransom, assault claims” unfounded by police

The San Fransisco State University Police Department suspended its investigation into Mons for Liberty...

New Florida bill bans minors from having social media accounts

Tallahassee, FL - A new bill, HB1 introduced in the Florida Legislature late Friday...