The Senate Will Vote on the Final Passage of the Same-sex Marriage Measure on Tuesday
On Tuesday, the Senate will vote on whether or not to pass a bill that both parties agree will protect same-sex and interracial marriage. On Monday night, the chamber agreed to hold three votes on amendments starting at 3:45 p.m.
ET before a final vote on approval. The bill is likely to pass in the Senate. The House would have to agree with the plan before it could be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
Since Republicans are likely to take over the House in January, those who support the bill want it to become law before the end of the year.
Even though the law wouldn’t force all states to make same-sex marriage legal, it would force each state to recognize the legal marriage of another state.
If the Supreme Court overturns its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which legalized same-sex marriage, a state could still pass a law against same-sex marriage, but that state would have to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state.
This month, the Senate voted 62-37 to end a filibuster, which was a key procedural step for the bill.
The bipartisan group, which includes Republican Senators Rob Portman of Ohio, Susan Collins of Maine, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, as well as Democratic Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, said before that they “look forward to this bill coming to the floor.”
Even Republican senators from very red states backed the bill, which shows how much support for same-sex marriage has grown over the past few years.
Cynthia Lummis, a Republican from Wyoming, told CNN’s Manu Raju earlier this month that she voted to move the Senate’s same-sex marriage bill forward because “Article 1, Section 3 of the Wyoming Constitution” says that people can’t be treated unfairly because of their sexual orientation.
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