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Senate to Begin Debate This Week on Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage

  • Legislation to be revised to lure enough Republican support
  • Schumer schedules procedural vote on bill for Wednesday
The US Capitol in Washington, DC.

The US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Photographer: Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer teed up a vote to start debate this week on legislation protecting same-sex marriage, after the bill’s sponsors agreed on changes intended to draw enough Republican votes to win passage.

The first procedural vote will be Wednesday on “an extremely important and much-needed bill,” Schumer said Monday on the Senate floor. “No American should ever be discriminated against because of who they love. Passing this bill would secure much-needed safeguards into federal law.”