Mike Braun, Josh Hawley, Richard Shelby, Mitch McConnell, are among 36 Senate Republicans who voted against The Respect for Marriage Act KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Mike Braun, Josh Hawley, Richard Shelby, Mitch McConnell, are among 36 Senate Republicans who voted against The Respect for Marriage Act

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Mike Braun, Josh Hawley, Richard Shelby, Mitch McConnell, are among 36 Senate Republicans who voted against The Respect for Marriage Act. (Read More Here).

36 MAGA Republican senators just voted NO on the Respect for Marriage Act. You read that right. In 2022, the majority of the Republican Party is AGAINST protecting the right to marriage for LGBTQ and interracial couples.

With today’s bipartisan Senate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, the United States is on the brink of reaffirming a fundamental truth: love is love, and Americans should have the right to marry the person they love. For millions of Americans, this legislation will safeguard the rights and protections to which LGBTQI+ and interracial couples and their children are entitled. It will also ensure that, for generations to follow, LGBTQI+ youth will grow up knowing that they, too, can lead full, happy lives and build families of their own.
 
Importantly, the Senate’s passage of the Respect for Marriage Act is a bipartisan achievement. I’m grateful to the determined Members of Congress — especially Senators Baldwin, Collins, Portman, Sinema, Tillis, and Feinstein — whose leadership has underscored that Republicans and Democrats together support the essential right of LGBTQI+ and interracial couples to marry. I look forward to welcoming them at the White House after the House passes this legislation and sends it to my desk, where I will promptly and proudly sign it into law.

The Senate on Tuesday night approved historic legislation that provides federal protections for same-sex marriages, moving the measure closer to President Biden's desk for his signature in the final weeks of the Democratic-controlled Congress. 

The bill, called the Respect for Marriage Act, passed the evenly divided upper chamber 61 to 36, with 12 Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues in support of the proposal. It needed 60 votes to pass. The legislation garnered support from a wider margin of GOP senators after it was amended to include provisions protecting religious liberty. The bill also protects interracial marriage. 

"What a great day," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor after the bill's passage. "What a great day." 


Before proceeding to final passage of the marriage equality bill, senators rejected three amendments proposed by Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, James Lankford of Oklahoma and Marco Rubio of Florida. With the approval by the upper chamber, the marriage equality plan returns to the House for a vote and, if cleared by the Democratic-led chamber as expected, will head to Mr. Biden to be signed into law. The White House supports the Respect for Marriage Act and has encouraged its passage by Congress.

Forty-seven Republicans joined Democrats this summer to pass an earlier version of the legislation.

The Respect for Marriage Act was introduced after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June, unraveling the constitutional right to an abortion. Concerned that other Supreme Court decisions, including those that protected the right to same-sex marriage, could be in jeopardy, Democrats moved to enshrine the right to marriage equality into federal law.

The bill repeals the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act and safeguards interracial marriages by requiring that valid marriages are recognized regardless of "sex, race, ethnicity or national origin."

While the proposal garnered broad bipartisan support when it cleared the House in July, Senate Republicans raised concerns it would endanger religious freedom, prompting Schumer to postpone a vote to after the midterm elections.

A bipartisan group of five senators then reached a deal on changes to the bill that would assuage Republicans' objections.

The expected passage of the bill by both chambers of Congress demonstrates the significant shift in views on same-sex marriage, with support from Americans reaching a record high last year, according to a June 2021 poll from Gallup. Despite the widespread public support, 37 Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, opposed moving the marriage equality legislation forward, and a number of Republicans voted against final passage of the bill.

Numerous conservative organizations also opposed the plan and called on senators to reject the bill. But the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out in support of the amended bill with the religious liberty protections.

MAGA Republican Senators are: 

Richard Shelby, Josh Hawley, Tommy Tuberville, Steve Daines, John Boozman, Deb Fischer, Tom Cotton, Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, Mike Braun, Chuck Grassley, Tim Scott... Etc

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