Senate vote on Respect for Marriage Act delayed till after midterms


A Senate vote on the Respect for Marriage Act has been delayed until after midterm elections, Politico reported Thursday.

If passed, the Respect for Marriage Act would codify marriage equality nationally.

The bill was introduced in the House in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade made the overturn of other decisions, such as marriage equality, a possibility.

In his concurrent opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said that Obergfell v. Hodges, which legalized marriage equality, should be overturned. No other justice joined him on that opinion.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the act in July.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), a sponsor of the bill, told the news to reporters after a Democratic caucus lunch. Earlier in the day, the group of five senators leading talks on the bill recommended to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that a vote occur after the election after several Republicans called for a delay.

Democrats had been hoping for a vote before the midterms to force Republicans to take a position on the record before the election. However, it could help odds that it will pass the Senate.

According to Politico, a vote was planned for Monday even though it was unsure there were 10 Republican votes for the bill.