Ever since the Supreme Court of the US overturned Roe v Wade early this summer, Democrats in Congress have been scrambling to pass legislation that will protect other rights taken for granted – including same-sex marriage.
A bi-partisan group in the senate trying to pass legislation protecting same-sex marriage has decided to push a vote until after the midterms elections in November, hoping that the new crop of Republican senators will be more likely to vote with them and overcome the Repub filibuster.
The bill is being sponsored by Tammy Baldwin (D, Wis) and she met with Democrats and five senators leading the charge, then passing on her recommendation to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that they delay the vote.
Baldwin explained, “I’m still very confident that the bill will pass, but we will be taking the bill up later, after the election.” The Wisconsin senator added that they would be releasing a joint statement later with more clarification on the decision and plans moving forward.
A Republican senator working with the group, Thom Tillis from North Carolina, said “I’m convinced that this is going to pass. The people who have been negotiating it want an outcome. I reject the idea that the timing decision was political. But quite honestly, it even takes that off the table.”
Congressional Democrats have been accused of only moving on the issue to secure progressive votes ahead of the midterm, but the delay puts that concern to rest.