Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) confronted fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday for saying it was a “dumb waste of time” to vote on a bill that protected the gay marriage rights. , she told CNN the next day.
Rubio made the comment within earshot of Baldwin, the first openly gay politician elected to the US Senate. The Senate could pass a bill to codify same-sex marriage protections, which could be threatened by the conservative Supreme Court which recently struck down abortion rights.
The two senators then rode the elevator together, where Baldwin explained to Rubio how wrong he was.
“You probably wish you were in the elevator to see the exchange afterwards,” Baldwin told CNN of meeting Rubio.
“I said that ‘the recent Supreme Court decision eroded a constitutional right to privacy. There are a whole bunch of cases that have been decided on the basis of a constitutional right to privacy that are at risk, with which he does not agree, ”she continued. “And anyway, I said we’ll talk a bit more.”
While Baldwin kept Rubio’s private response secret, she said she’s “counting” the votes for when the bill finally makes its way to the Senate floor. She predicted that Democrats would have 10 Republican votes in order to overcome a filibuster and pass the legislation.
Rubio’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the conversation.
The House of Representatives voted successfully to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which would protect same-sex marriage, on July 19 with a vote of 267 to 157. Every Democrat voted in favor of the bill, along with 47 of the 211 House Republicans. .
It will need to pass the Senate to become law, however, and comes at a busy time, with an August recess occurring in less than two weeks.
Many Republicans, Rubio included, insisted there was no threat to same-sex marriage and that voting to protect it was unnecessary. The majority opinion of the Supreme Court of Justice Samuel Alito quashing Roe v. Wade said other privacy decisions, such as same-sex marriage, would not be affected by the annulment.
But one of Alito’s colleagues suggested otherwise. Judge Clarence Thomas said in agreement with the abortion decision that other precedents, including Obergefell v. Hodges – who legalized same-sex marriage nationwide – should be reconsidered.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said he hoped to introduce the bill and was “impressed with the bipartisan support the bill has garnered in the House.” , according to CNN.
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