us politics Senate Dems Look for GOP Support to Pass Marriage Equality Bill The Equality Act, which would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBT people, is now headed to the Senate after it passed the House with support from 47 Republicans. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the chamber's top Democrat, is cautiously optimistic that 10 Republican senators will cross the aisle to guarantee approval of the bill. Senate Dems Look for GOP Support to Pass Marriage Equality Bill Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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After 47 House Republicans recently voted with all of the chamber’s Democrats to enshrine federal rights protecting same-sex marriage, the matter is now headed to the Senate for passage.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the upper chamber’s top Democrat, indicated that he is cautiously optimistic that 10 Republican senators would cross the aisle to guarantee approval of the bill.

He noted that the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), has been working to convince GOP colleagues that the bill deserves their support.

“I want to bring this bill to the floor and we’re working to get the necessary Senate Republican support to ensure it would pass,” Schumer explained.

Two Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Rob Portman of Ohio – have signed on as co-sponsors. For his part, Portman said that “shifting sentiment” on the issue in recent years is a good sign for the proposal.

"People should have the opportunity to marry who they want"

“I think this is an issue that [to] many Americans, regardless of political affiliation, has been resolved,” the Ohio Republican said. “And my own personal views on this haven’t changed from several years ago when I said people should have the opportunity to marry who they want.”

Although 157 House Republicans voted against the bill, many Democrats are relieved to see increased support for marriage equality among GOP lawmakers.

Earlier this year, the Senate passed a bipartisan measure aimed at protecting LGBT employees from discrimination in the workplace. That bill passed with a vote of 64 to 32.

Chris Agee
Chris Agee July 21st, 2022
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