These 12 GOP senators voted for same-sex marriage bill

On Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill to protect same-sex marriages. This was accomplished by gaining enough Republican support to overcome a filibuster.
Twelve Republicans joined 50 Democrats to support the measure in a vote of 62 to 37. This would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. It would also guarantee that valid marriages in other states are granted full faith and credit, regardless of race or sex.
Here’s a list of the 12 Senate Republicans that voted in favor of the bill.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Collins was one of three GOP senators that worked with a group made up of Democrats to lead the legislation and gain additional Republican votes.
Over the years, this moderate Republican has supported numerous LGBTQ rights bills, including one that she opposed in 2004 when she voted against a Constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage.
Collins supported Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’s repeal in the years that followed and was the only Republican cosponsor of the Equality Act. This bill bans discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity within public accommodations and facilities.
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After his son’s 2013 admission of homosexuality to the Ohio Republican, Portman expressed his support for same-sex marital equality.
It made Portman the only Republican senator at the time to support same-sex marriage.
“I believe that two people can make a lifetime commitment to each other and love them in all circumstances. The government should not deny them the chance to marry. Portman stated that this is not how I feel.
Portman was also part the five-member group which spearheaded the legislation.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
As the final Senate Republican to join Democratic Senators, Tillis was also the third. Tillis’s support of the legislation was no surprise given Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), and Kyrsten Sinema(Ariz.).
Tillis was speaking in a 2014 Senate debate. He was then North Carolina’s House Speaker. Tillis said that he would “formally defend” the state’s ban on gay marriage.
He has since changed his position and told reporters earlier this year that he would “probably vote for” the Respect for Marriage Act, before getting more involved in negotiations to add religious liberty protections.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Blunt will soon be retiring after a few weeks. He said that he supported the bill because the sponsors included religious liberty protections.
Blunt had suggested publicly that lawmakers wait until after the election to get maximum GOP support before the midterms.
He stated in a statement that “This bill is now designed for two things.”
Burr said that legal marriage in one state gives people the same rights and responsibilities as those who are married in another state. This legislation protects religious organizations from federal agencies’ retaliation for their views on marriage. It enhances religious freedom for all Americans. It is better for Congress clarify these issues than it is for federal judges making these decisions.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Burr, who will be retiring in January and joined fellow North Carolina Republicans in supporting the legislation.
Burr voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell more than a decade ago, even though he had previously expressed opposition to gay marriage.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
Capito argued that the landmark Obergefell-v. Hodges 2015 Supreme Court decision banning same-sex marriage bans should be left to the states.
Capito, in a statement supporting Wednesday’s bill, said that the judiciary could not be a policy-making body and instead leave decisions on same-sex marital relationships to legislators.
Capito stated that the bill did not affect the traditional sanctity and freedom of marriage.
The statement said that “House-passed legislation raised concerns about religious freedoms. That is why my colleagues, and I, worked to strengthen those protections through the substitute amendment.” “I support the substitute amendment because it will protect and uphold our religious freedoms, which is one of the foundations of democracy.
Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.
Lummis supported the bill by citing the Wyoming Constitution. It enshrines equality in the state for all citizens. He also refers to the legislation’s protections of religious liberty.
Lummis stated in a statement that he is both a Christian and conservative and believes it is essential to ensure that Wyoming’s religious freedoms are protected and that no institution is forced to perform any ceremony that isn’t in keeping with their values.
She added that “Furthermore this bill clarifies that the tax-exempt status for non-profit religious organisations will not be affected in any way.” “Striking the right balance between fundamental religious beliefs and individual liberties was the intention of our forefathers, the U.S. Constitution. I believe that the Respect for Marriage Act represents this balance.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Murkowski has been vocal in his support of same-sex marriage. In a 2013 opinion piece, Murkowski argued that the government should not interfere with citizens’ private lives but allow gay marriages to be permitted.
Murkowski stated Wednesday that he has long supported equality in marriage and believes all legal marriages are worthy of respect.
She said, “I am grateful to my colleagues for improving the bill’s protections of religious liberty and continuing prohibitions against polygamy. This allowed it to move forward this Week.” “All Americans have the right to dignity, respect, and equal protection under law,” she said.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
Romney had earlier announced his support for Wednesday’s bill, highlighting the inclusion of religious liberty protections in the new version.
After the Mormon church announced its support for this bill, the announcement was made. The Mormon church only supports heterosexual marriages. Romney is an active member of the church for many years.
Romney stated that he believes in traditional marriage but Obergefell was and has been the law upon which LGBTQ people have relied. “This legislation gives certainty to many LGBTQ Americans and signals that Congress and I respect and love all our fellow Americans equally.
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
Sullivan supported a constitutional amendment that would prohibit same-sex marriage when he was first running for Senate.
After previously being non-committal regarding the bill, he now supports it.
Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.)
Young has been seen as a possible GOP supporter of the bill for many months.
Young voted for an amendment in 2016 that supported former President Obama’s executive orders.