WASHINGTON ― Greater than 400 present and former Republican officers have signed a letter calling on the Senate to move federal laws defending same-sex marriage forward of an anticipated vote on the matter this month.

The checklist consists of two Republican Senate nominees ― Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Joe O’Dea in Colorado ― in addition to dozens of former GOP senators, representatives, governors and cupboard members. The Washington Post first reported the information.

“As Republicans and conservatives, we imagine robust households and lasting relationships strengthen communities, and civil marriage is a basic freedom central to particular person liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We stand with the 71 % of People right this moment, together with a majority of registered Republicans, who help the liberty to marry for all People,” reads the letter, which is slated to be launched publicly on Wednesday.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are two outstanding signatories who’re presently in workplace. A number of figures near former President Donald Trump additionally added their names, together with pollster Tony Fabrizio and lobbyist David City. So did Barbara Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush.

“I’m proud to affix this effort with fellow Republicans. I imagine that same-sex {couples} ought to have the identical freedom to get married as straight {couples},” Oz, who’s locked in a aggressive race in opposition to Democrat and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, tweeted on Monday.

Similar-sex marriage is presently authorized nationwide as a result of a 2015 Supreme Court docket ruling. However given the chance of the conservative-majority court docket overturning its previous determination, Democrats are pushing to create a legislation defending same-sex marriage rights.

Backers of the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act are nonetheless in search of extra GOP help for the invoice within the Senate; the Home permitted it by a large margin in July. Senators are engaged on a number of modifications sought by conservatives, together with by ensuring the invoice doesn’t defend polygamous relationships or marriage between greater than two people and that it doesn’t infringe on non secular liberty.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), the primary Democratic sponsor of the invoice and the primary overtly homosexual senator to be elected, stated she expects it to be taken up by the Senate subsequent week.

Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to carry a vote on the invoice this month, however he has not given an actual timeline.

“I do know their work shouldn’t be but completed and I encourage them to maintain going,” Schumer stated of the bipartisan group of senators who’re behind the hassle in a ground speech Monday.

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