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With 12 Republican senators joining Democrats, a bill to protect same-sex marriages cleared a major procedural barrier Wednesday by a 62-37 vote.
The bill requires that marriages that are valid under the laws of any one state be recognized as such by every other state, according to The Washington Post.
The bill repeals the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which declared marriage to be between one man and one woman and allowed states to reject marriages that other states ruled valid. The law was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2015 in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, but had remained on the books.
The 12 Senate Republicans who supported the bill, according to The Hill, are Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Rob Portman of Ohio, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Todd Young of Indiana, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Mitt Romney of Utah.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was among the Republicans opposing the bill, according to ABC.
The bill had support from several church and religious groups, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Post reported.
“The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints related to marriage between a man and a woman is well known and will remain unchanged,” it said in a statement.
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