Schumer commits to marriage equality vote in “coming weeks”

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on September 7 committed to holding a vote on a marriage equality bill in the coming weeks as lawmakers continue their quest to protect marriage rights in the face of a conservative Supreme Court.

“A vote on marriage equality will happen on the Senate floor in the coming weeks,” Schumer said on September 7.

In July, the House of Representatives — including 47 Republican members — passed the Respect for Marriage Act, which requires states to respect those who are in same-sex marriages or interracial marriages. The bill would also formally repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which was already nixed by the courts but remains on the books.

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