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Moderate Republican Group Co-Sponsors for Same-Sex Marriage

By Brian Pfail, Newsmax

A bipartisan group of senators said Monday they will be advancing the Respect for Marriage Act to codify same-sex marriage.

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., issued the statement Monday with complete confidence that the bill will be brought to the floor.

It would require the federal government to recognize a marriage between two individuals if that marriage was valid in the state where it was performed. The bill would also guarantee valid marriages between two individuals to be “given full faith and credit, regardless of couple’s sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.” The bill will not require a state to issue marriage licenses contrary to state law.

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