Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Clears Another Senate Hurdle

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Clears Another Senate Hurdle

A Senate bill protecting same-sex marriage cleared another procedural hurdle on Monday night, with passage of the legislation expected on Tuesday.

The 61-35 vote allows the Senate to move ahead with an amendment to the measure that ensures it doesn’t infringe on religious rights and protections.

The Respect for Marriage Act would federally recognize same-sex marriages and ensure benefits for all married couples.

A unanimous consent agreement was reached for a Tuesday afternoon vote on final passage that would take place after votes on three amendments from Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida and James Lankford of Oklahoma.

The US House passed its version in July, but if the Senate approves the revised bill, the House would have to vote again on the measure.

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