The Lame Duck Ain’t So Lame: Respect For Marriage Act Passes!

The Respect for Marriage Act just passed the Senate

The bill passed in a 61-36 vote.The bill includes a bipartisan amendment that clarifies protections for religious liberties, and will now return to the House for another vote before it can go to President Biden to sign into law.

You can read the bill here.

I’m pleasantly surprised that they got 11 Republicans on board. When I find out the vote, I’ll update.


Here’s the Republicans who voted in favor of marriage equality:

  • Roy Blunt (Mo.),
  • Richard Burr (N.C.),
  • Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.),
  • Susan Collins (Maine),
  • Joni Ernst (Iowa),
  • Cynthia M. Lummis (Wyo.),
  • Lisa Murkowski (Alaska),
  • Rob Portman (Ohio),
  • Mitt Romney (Utah),
  • Dan Sullivan (Alaska),
  • Thom Tillis (N.C.)
  • Todd C. Young (Ind.)

Here are the senators who voted Tuesday against enshrining marriage equality. All 36 are Republicans.

  • John Barrasso
  • Marsha Blackburn
  • John Boozman
  • Mike Braun
  • Bill Cassidy
  • John Cornyn
  • Tom Cotton
  • Kevin Cramer
  • Mike Crapo
  • Ted Cruz
  • Steve Daines
  • Deb Fischer
  • Lindsey Graham
  • Chuck Grassley
  • Bill Hagerty
  • Josh Hawley
  • John Hoeven
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith
  • Jim Inhofe
  • Ron Johnson
  • John Neely Kennedy
  • James Lankford
  • Mike Lee
  • Roger Marshall
  • Mitch McConnell
  • Jerry Moran
  • Rand Paul
  • Jim Risch
  • Mike Rounds
  • Marco Rubio
  • Rick Scott
  • Tim Scott
  • Richard Shelby
  • John Thune
  • Tommy Tuberville
  • Roger Wicker
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9 Responses to The Lame Duck Ain’t So Lame: Respect For Marriage Act Passes!

  1. genelms says:

    Seems at least a half dozen or so “Gentlemen Scorned” in that list.

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  2. laura says:

    Celebrate this Moment! Remember those who are no longer with us, who could only imagine this day.

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  3. I maintain the “Mike Crapo” is the Platonic ideal of Republican Senator names. ”Vote for Crapo! It’s not like shit can get any worse!”

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  4. I am a little surprised that the pig castrator herself voted ‘Aye’. Did a close relative publicly come out? That’s usually the motivation for things like that.

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    • tengrain says:

      Arnold Ziffle, methinks.



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    • MDavis says:

      I suspect she’ll be emphasizing the Religious Cake connection. We may want to keep watch on legislation she introduces that attempts to move marriage-related activities toward privatization. Like adoption – how many adoption agencies are currently religious and not directly connect to governments.


  5. w3ski4me says:

    Shame on Ms. Lindsey, for voting against her own kind like that.


  6. MDavis says:

    Debbie Downer here.

    To repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect
    for State regulation of marriage, and for other purposes.

    Looks like an opportunity for certain parties to campaign on making the “wrong kind of marriage” illegal again at the state level.

    (a) IN GENERAL.—No person acting under color of
    24 State law may deny—

    Cue the snowflakes who demand their “free speech” right-to-say-any-stupid-thing-they want anywhere they want without regard to the actual amendment’s prohibition of governmental interference and without reaping the consequences (pause to catch breath) to apply the same logic to this. But in reverse.


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