WASHINGTON D.C. — (09-14-22) — Senate Republicans are pushing to delay the upcoming vote scheduled for Monday on the Democrats Same-Sex Marriage Bill. In fact Senator Pat Toomey (R) told reporters on Wednesday that he hasn’t decided if he’ll back legislation protecting same-sex marriage but did say that this coming Monday is too soon for a vote.

“There’s a lot of complex issues that have not been resolved,” said senator Toomey. “We haven’t even seen text on the bill so it does seem that scheduling the bill for Monday by Sen. Schumer, is more to do with political ambitions, rather than an attempt to get an outcome,” the retiring Pennsylvania Republican said Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s constructive to have a vote on Monday.” said Toomey.

Toomey’s hopes for delay highlight the split among the Republican party on same-sex marraige. The evidence is clear as the House passed the same-sex marriage bill with 47 GOP votes.

But now the bill is on shaky ground as backers of the bill try to push past a Republican filibuster. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) are racing to finish a proposed amendment that would clarify religious liberty safeguards.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer could move as early as Thursday to set up a vote Monday, but Portman said he’s unsure if that timeline set in stone.

“I don’t think we have the votes yet,” said Portman. “I don’t want to move ahead unless the votes are there. I’m still talking to people. Others have been more optimistic, but people need some time.” said Portman.

Republican leaders and their political pundits are not whipping outrage on right wing media but are noticeably mute on bill in general.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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