Washington, DC – Today, Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) released the following statement on the Senate’s vote to advance the Respect for Marriage Act. The Senate voted 62 to 37 to advance the bill to a vote on final passage.
“We are pleased to see the Senate take this important step to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, which enacts equal protections for all marriages across the nation,” said Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano and Congressman David Cicilline. “The vote taken today would not have been possible without the determination of Senator Tammy Baldwin, who has worked tirelessly to find the 60 votes to advance this bill. While we await final passage of the legislation in the Senate, we want to express our gratitude to all the Senators who voted to advance this commonsense piece of legislation that treats all individuals with the respect they deserve and will provide families with the security they need to live their lives without interruption.”
Equality PAC is the political arm of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and is dedicated to the full legal and societal equality for LGBTQ Americans. All funds raised into Equality PAC are spent supporting and electing openly LGBTQ individuals and strong LGBTQ allies to the United States Congress who are committed to passing the Equality Act and to ensuring full civil rights and protections for all LGBTQ Americans.