Democrats are now pushing forward their legislation to codify same sex marriage into law and they have a plan. Let’s hear what it is.
Democrats are pushing full speed ahead.
ABC News Reports. Senator Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday that a vote on marriage equality would take place on the Senate floor “in the coming weeks.”
It is feared that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade may lead to the dismantlement of same-sex marriage, contraception, and other privacy rights.
Schumer said Democrats prefer a stand-alone vote to pass the bill quickly. For the bill to pass, they would need at least 10 Republican votes to overcome the filibuster.
Both Tammy Baldwin and Susan Collins are working with Republicans to secure enough votes. Recently, the two wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post encouraging their colleagues to “get the job done.”
According to ABC News, Democrats are considering attaching a bill codifying same-sex and interracial marriage to a continuing resolution to keep the government open through Sept. 30. On Wednesday, Schumer and other Democrats appeared to change course.
Asked if the marriage bill would be added to the temporary government funding bill, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said, “Not gonna happen.”
In order to move forward without controversy, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday that the government funding bill should be as “clean as possible.”
Baldwin and Collins also said they prefer the stand-alone bill route, and are currently working on an amendment to appease Republican concerns about the legislation.
When asked whether she was confident she had 10 Republican votes, Collins responded, “I’m never certain until the role is called, but we’re making good progress. There’s a lot of interest, but obviously people want to see the amendment and have input.” NRCC chair Tom Emmer recently referred to efforts to codify Roe as “the Chinese genocide bill”
In July, the Respect for Marriage Act passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 267 to 157. The bill was supported by 47 Republicans and 37 Democrats.
This legislation repeals the Defense of Marriage Act and replaces provisions that define marriage as between a man and a woman under federal law. The law also provides additional legal protection for couples who are of the same sex or who are interracial.
Democrats seem to have a plan to codify same sex marriage but the Republican vote may disrupt their plans. Do you think this legislation will pass? What Republicans do you think are going to help the Dems?