Senior Senate Democrats have been considering linking legislation on marriage equality and the continuing resolution to fund the government, a Hill Democratic source tells CBS News.
It’s a move that could complicate both the passage of the bill protecting the right to same-sex marriage, passed with bipartisan support in the House, and government funding.
Democrats in particular want to avoid a government shutdown ahead of critical midterm elections. A continuing resolution, or CR, is a stopgap measure to fund the government temporarily until comprehensive spending legislation can be passed. The White House has asked Congress to provide emergency funding of $47 billion for, resources to battle monkeypox, Ukraine aid and natural disaster response.
The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and provide federal protections for same-sex and interracial couples. The measurein July, with 47 Republicans joining every Democrat in the House to support it.
Congressional Democrats mounted the legislative response about a month after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the law that established women’s rights to an abortion. A concurring opinion in the decision striking down Roe, by Justice Clarence Thomas,involving access to contraception and same-sex marriage should be reconsidered. The House held votes on a pair of bills to address concerns that more rights could be rolled back.
The bill protecting same-sex marriage will force Senate Republicans, some of whom have declined to disclose how they will vote, to put them on the record.
This is a developing story.
Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.