Tammy Baldwin Believes There Are 10 GOP Votes For Marriage Bill

Out Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) of Wisconsin says she believes there are at least 10 Republican votes in the Senate to pass the Respect for Marriage Act which would codify marriage equality into law.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin (image via official Facebook)

Out Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) of Wisconsin says she believes there are at least 10 Republican votes in the Senate to pass the Respect for Marriage Act which would codify marriage equality into law.

The Respect for Marriage Act would officially repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and recognize same-sex and interracial marriages performed by states. It would also require states to recognize marriages performed in other states.

“There are five Republicans who have publicly stated that they will support the Respect for Marriage Act,” Baldwin told PBS Wisconsin in a recent interview. “And I have spoken with an additional — well, additional many, but five additional members have indicated they are leaning in support.”

But Baldwin added that due to the crowded calendar facing the Senate this week prior to the August recess, plus some current absences among the Democrats due to COVID, a vote on the legislation probably won’t happen until early September.

The House of Representatives approved the bill in a bipartisan 267-157 vote with all Democrats voting for it.