Senate Vote Federally Protecting Same-Sex Marriage Delayed

The Senate vote on codifying same-sex marriage is unexpectedly delayed. Its expected voting date was November 17th, the last legislative day prior to Thanksgiving. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on the 17th that codifying same-sex marriage would be “one of the more significant accomplishments of this Senate to date.” There was no explanation as to why the vote is delayed. The bill was approved in the House with 47 Republican votes. Twelve Republicans followed Senate Democrats in ending debate for the bill.

From The Epoch Times:

“The bill also repeals and replaces provisions that do not require states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states with provisions that prohibit the denial of full faith and credit or any right or claim relating to out-of-state marriages on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin,” the description of the bill on the Senate website says.

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12 Republicans joined Democrats to advance the legislation, including:

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.)

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“Well, it’s presented as a simple codification of Obergefell,” [Zack Pruitt, a senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom] said. “But the bill does far more than that. We believe that it jeopardizes those faith-based organizations and individuals that want to live and work according to the faiths.”