Bipartisan Senate group says they are ‘confident’ they have the votes necessary to codify same-sex marriage

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators are currently working on legislation that would codify same-sex marriage. The group also believe they have the votes needed for the bill to pass and are urging leadership to put it on the floor of the Senate for a vote as soon as possible.

  • CNN – The bipartisan group, which includes GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, and GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, said in a statement Monday that they “look forward to this legislation coming to the floor.”
  • CBS – A joint statement from the group of five senators involved in the negotiations announced that they have crafted “commonsense language to confirm that this legislation fully respects and protects Americans’ religious liberties and diverse beliefs, while leaving intact the core mission of the legislation to protect marriage equality.”
  • THE HILL – It also would protect religious liberty and conscience protections under the Constitution and federal law.  
  • FOX 8 – The bill passed the House with bipartisan support in July