Senate won’t act on same-sex marriage bill until after midterms

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Sen. Rob Portman Thursday said that the Senate will wait until after the midterms before acting on a bill to codify same-sex marriage protections, after advocates previously hoped to vote on the bill this month. 

Portman, R-Ohio, was one of the top GOP supporters of the legislation, along with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Mich., led the effort for Democrats. 

Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told Fox News Thursday that the Senate won't act on a bill to codify gay marriage protections before the election. 

Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told Fox News Thursday that the Senate won’t act on a bill to codify gay marriage protections before the election. 
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Advocates for the bill worked on an amendment to add religious protections and clarify that it would not legalize polygamous marriages. 

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A source familiar with the matter told Fox News Digital that the text of an amendment with substantive input from Republicans was finalized late Wednesday. But it does not appear it was enough to immediately secure the 60 votes needed to pass the bill. 

Collins, however, said “very good shape” and “this bill is going to pass.”

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