12 Senate Republicans Join Democrats in Leftist Vote

12 Senate Republicans Join Democrats in Leftist Vote

(RepublicanDaily.org) – Following the US Supreme Court decision to overturn the seminal Roe v. Wade decision earlier this year, many Liberals expressed concerns that the court might try to change the laws around gay marriage. Twelve Republicans joined Democrats in the Senate in passing the Respect for Marriage Act, which protects same-sex and interracial marriage.

The act gives a legislative basis to many of the protections the Supreme Court gave to gay marriage in the Obergefell decision. The House of Representatives passed the measure back in July, but a bipartisan group of senators wanted to make an amendment for religious liberty, so Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) agreed to postpone the vote until after the midterm elections.

The Republicans who voted in favor of the legislation are:

  • Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Joni Ernst (R-IA)
  • Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Mitt Romney (R-UT)
  • Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  • Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
  • Todd Young (R-IN)

Some conservative critics have stated the bill does not do enough to protect those with traditional, religious views of marriage. There have been accusations that the new rules are more extreme than those that existed under the Obergefell decision.

Do you think the Respect for Marriage Act marks a step in the right direction?

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