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Republicans stay mum as Senate pushes toward same-sex marriage vote

The Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriage in federal law, is only four pages long. Republicans have little trouble understanding what the bill does: It repeals the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and requires states to extend “full faith and credit” to any marriage between two people, regardless of the “sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of those individuals” Republicans are wary of being baited by Democrats into highlighting what some of them believe is a purely speculative threat to marriage rights nationally when Republicans would much rather be talking about rising inflation and a softening economy. The complicated part is the politics: Despite the fact that 7 in 10 Americans now approve of same sex marriage, the issue remains a

Dozens of Republicans are expected to oppose the measure if it is brought up for a vote. But many are simply not taking a position. The religious right's biggest ally in its quest to stop the bill from advancing might be an impending legislative pileup in the Senate, as well as a spate of health-related absences that could keep the Senate from mustering the 60 votes necessary to beat a filibuster. “We’re just trying to work through it,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), while Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) is recovering from hip-replacement surgery, while Murkowski and Sen. Joe Manchin III have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days.

The Respect for Marriage Act would pass if it were put on the floor today, Blumenthal says. Thune: "My assumption is it certainly doesn’t happen until they’ve got