Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.
J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press
The U.S. Senate signaled support for an amended version of the Respect for Marriage Act that supporters say provides federal protections for both same-sex marriages and religious freedom.
The Senate voted 62-37 to end debate and consider the bill, with a final vote possible as soon as Thursday. If passed, the revised act would proceed to a new vote in the House, which passed the original version of the bill in July.
Utah’s senators split their votes. Sen. Mitt Romney was one of 12 Republicans who voted in support of the amended measure, while fellow Sen. Mike Lee voted against it.
“This legislation provides important protections for religious liberty — measures which are particularly important to protect the religious freedoms of our faith-based institutions,” Sen. Romney said in a statement. “I appreciate the efforts of Senators Baldwin, Collins and others to address this concern and heartily support their legislation.”
Romney added: “While I believe in traditional marriage, Obergefell is and has been the law of the land upon which LGBTQ individuals have relied. This legislation provides certainty to many LGBTQ Americans, and it signals that Congress — and I — esteem and love all of our fellow Americans equally.”
My statement on the Respect for Marriage Act: pic.twitter.com/jaVL1k0wE5
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) November 16, 2022
Sen. Lee said in a tweet after the vote that he did not believe the measure’s religious freedom protections were robust enough.
“I voted against the motion to proceed to the ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ because the religious liberty protections were severely anemic and largely illusory,” Sen Lee wrote. “While I respect the efforts and emotions surrounding this issue, the bill does not simply codify Obergefell as its proponents claim. And despite the proposed amendment from Senators Collins and Baldwin, the religious-liberty protections are woefully …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News