Senate punts on same-sex marriage vote until after midterms

Senate Punts On Same-Sex Marriage Vote Until After Midterms - Pmjrpzgymmi6Zeamxm76Bsvpde

The Senate will delay voting on a measure to protect same-sex marriage until after November’s midterm elections as Republican support for the measure remains uncertain, lawmakers announced Thursday.

The decision to hold off on a vote came after weeks of bipartisan negotiations where a small group of senators had been working to alleviate the concerns of Republican senators in an attempt to persuade them to back the legislation. Still, negotiators were optimistic of the bill’s final passage.

“I think we’re in very good shape and this bill is going to pass,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told reporters.

The Respect for Marriage Act would enshrine federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages and repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which recognizes marriages in the United States as between one man and one woman.

But the prospect of a vote less than two months from the midterm elections, in which control of the Senate is at stake, left some Republicans skittish…

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This article was written by Leigh Ann Caldwell and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com