The Senate is planning to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would codify the legality of same-sex marriage into federal law.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the Senate is set to reconvene and hold a procedural vote on an amendment without adding religious freedom protections to the Respect for Marriage Act. The amendment was originally introduced by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and other members. In order to pass it will need to get 60 votes before the bill can receive a final Senate vote. The bill is expected to pass within the week.
Once the bill passes, the federal government would be obliged to recognize all marriages. This would include same-sex marriages that took place in a state where it was legally allowed. The amendment proposed would allow religious liberty by letting nonprofit religious organizations choose whether they are willing to provide services to a marriage that does not align with their religious views.
On Nov. 16, the bill passed the first procedural hurdle in a 62-37 vote in favor which will allow it to move toward a final vote.
Many Republican senators are also voting in favor of the bill these include Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, Joni Ernst, Cynthia Lummis, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Dan Sullivan, Thom Tillis, and Todd Young.