No Senate Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Bill Before Midterms

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis), lead sponsor on the Respect for Marriage Act  which would codify same-sex marriage into law, told reporters today there will not be a Senate vote on the before the midterm elections.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin (image via official Facebook)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis), lead sponsor on the Respect for Marriage Act  which would codify same-sex marriage into law, told reporters today there will not be a Senate vote on the bill before the midterm elections.

The bipartisan group of senators working on the legislation say they feel the bill will have a better chance of passing after the elections.

From Politico:

The bill’s chief sponsor, Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), broke the news to reporters after a Democratic caucus lunch. Earlier in the day, the group of five senators leading talks on the bill recommended to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that a vote occur after the election after several Republicans called for a delay.

The move to delay the vote came as a surprise to some Democrats who believed Schumer might give Baldwin and her partners more time without putting a vote off until after the election.

The group had finalized what they called “common-sense language that respects religious liberty and Americans’ diverse beliefs” while codifying same-sex marriage protections into law.

Baldwin told reporters there could be 10 Republicans who support the final bill, but she’s not so confident she could get 10 to break the filibuster in the near term.

The House of Representatives has already passed the legislation with all Democrats and 47 Republicans voting in favor of the bill.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who is retiring this year, reportedly told Baldwin, “We should have a vote when you’ve got the votes. They’ll get more votes than November and December than they get on Monday.”