Political divides in America are larger than ever before and as a result, the major vote over codifying same-sex marriage has been delayed until after the election. Across party lines, negotiators maintain that more time is needed to hash out the bill and in typical fashion that of ‘religious liberty concerns ‘and religious objections.’
But the truth is that Republicans hold the power here because Democrats currently need at least 10 GOP signatures to pass the legislation which they do not have. The original vote was due to take place within days (particularly before the Senate ‘s October break) but it was delayed ultimately for political and religious reasons on behalf of the Republican party.
“Leader Schumer is extremely disappointed that there aren’t 10 Republicans in the Senate willing to vote yes on marriage equality legislation at this time,” the Senate majority leader’s office said in a statement. “Leader Schumer will not give up and will hold the bipartisan group to their promise that the votes to pass this marriage equality legislation will be there after the election.”
Ultimately Democratic leaders are hoping that by delaying it until after the election that Republicans will be more inclined to vote for it when they are under less political pressure to ya know actually do the right thing despite what their extreme base actually says.