GOP Helps Senate Dems Win National Same Sex, Interracial Marriage Law

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At a glance

  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) moved for a procedural vote Wednesday on legislation that would enshrine same-sex marriage in federal law and block any states refusing to recognize such marriages.
  • The bill also would provide federal protection for interracial marriage.
  • The motion to advance the legislation (H.R. 8404), dubbed the Respect for Marriage Act by Democrats, received significant Republican support, with a vote of 62-37, above the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster.

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