Monday Senators agreed to speed up the passage of legislation to codify gay and interracial marriage rights, setting the vote for Tuesday. As Senators have worked out bipartisan negotiations for months, to bring the bill one step closer to being signed into law, Tuesday’s vote will make the final decision on the Respect of Marriage Act. GOP approval of the bill has grown, with the addition of many religious organizations also supporting its passage. According to an announcement by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, the vote will take place at 3:45 pm ET Tuesday afternoon.
The decision to push up the final vote came Monday after an agreement was reached in the Senate, led by Senators Mike Lee, R-Utah, James Lanford, R-Indiana, and Marco Rubio, R-Florida, which would allow Senators to vote on amendments to the bill aiming to protect religious freedom. Though the decision Monday was held up by Senators Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyoming, Todd Young, R-Indiana, and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska until a deal was reached between the parties.
If the bill passes in the Senate Tuesday it will go to another vote in the House, where it is expected to pass, before going to the President to be signed into law. Many are confused about the bill and worried about the implications of such a law. Though it seems the addition of the religious amendments has eased some concerns and made many GOP Senators ready to vote on the bill.
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