Same-sex marriage Senate vote pushed to post-midterms
) – The leading Democratic negotiator for a same-sex marriage protection bill said Thursday that the Senate would postpone the action until after half the term, Hill said.
Tammy Baldwin, the bill’s main sponsor, said he was still “very confident” that the bill would be approved, but that it would be resumed after the election, according to Politico.
On Thursday, a bipartisan group of negotiators met to decide whether to publish the text of an amendment intended to address GOP concerns that the law could endanger churches and other religious institutions.
A vote on the Honor of Marriage Act was originally scheduled for this month. According to The Hill, Baldwin previously said he wants the law passed next week, even though he didn’t have enough votes to overcome a GOP filibuster.
Baldwin made his announcement to postpone the vote in the Senate, wrote The Hill, Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
The law came in response to the Supreme Court’s decision that Reverse Roe v. Wade and federal abortion law. MPs fear court ruling And a settlement from Judge Clarence Thomas meant a ruling protecting same-sex marriage would be in jeopardy.
The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman. It would also require states to recognize interracial marriages.
In the House, the law was passed with 267 votes in favor and 157 against, with 47 Republicans voting in favor.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.