Same-Sex Marriage Bill: Where All 50 GOP Senators Stand on the Bill

It’s not yet clear how many Republicans will support the bill, but GOP and Democratic senators said Wednesday they expect it could eventually win the required 60 votes.

Here’s what we found:

Four Republican Senatorshave so far either said they support or likely will support the House-passed same-sex marriage bill and include: Rob Portman of Ohio, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska (likely) and Thom Tillis of North Carolina (likely ).

Eight Republican Senatorshave previously indicated that they would vote “no” and oppose the same-sex marriage law.

Sixteen Republican Senators, are so far undecided or have not shown support for the bill passed by the House.

Twenty-two Republican Senators have yet to respond to CNN’s inquiries.

YES SIR

  1. Susan Collins from Maine says yes on the bill. She is one of the co-sponsors of the legislation.
  2. Lisa Murkowski from Alaska is probably a yes to legislation. She said she was open to hearing more about it and expressed her support for keeping same-sex marriage legal. “I’ve suggested to others that not only would I like to see Roe, Casey and Griswold codify contraceptives, but I made my support for gay marriage clear years ago,” she said. “So I’m going to look at what the House is doing and see what that could mean here on the Senate side.”
  3. Rob Portman of Ohio says yes on the bill. He said a vote on the issue sends an “important message” and that it is “obvious” that Republican views have changed over time. He noted that his “personal views on this have changed over time.” Portman has publicly announced his support for same-sex marriage after his son came out a few years ago.
  4. Thom Tillis from North Carolina told CNN that he will “probably” support a bill to codify same-sex marriage if it goes through the Senate.

NO

  1. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana suggested he’s a no on the bill. He argued it was a “silly messaging bill”. “It’s a pure messaging bill. I mean, it’s obviously established law at the moment,” Cassidy said. “This is pure messaging legislation from a party that has failed on essential issues, be it inflation, crime or the border, and is now looking to cultural issues to somehow do better in November.” When asked if he would vote for it, Cassidy didn’t answer. “It’s such a dumb messaging bill, I’m just not going to bring that up.”
  2. John Cornyn of Texas told CNN he opposed the legislation.
  3. Ted Cruz from Texas suggested he’s a no on the bill. Cruz, who has publicly opposed the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, said Wednesday that he doesn’t think there is enough Republican support to pass a codification bill. “I doubt it,” he said. “If there is a vote, we will see where the votes are.” When asked how he would vote, Cruz dodged, saying, “I support the Constitution and let the democratic process run its course.”
  4. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina told CNN he was a no to that bill. He said “I will support the Defense of Marriage Bill” – which would overturn the law passed by the House.
  5. Josh Hawley from Missouri is, according to his office, a no to legislation.
  6. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma said he’s a no on the bill. “Any attempt by Senator Schumer to introduce legislation to codify same-sex marriage in the Senate would clearly be an attempt to distract from the failed Democrat agenda. That being said, my views on marriage have not changed and I would not support codifying it – sex marriage into law,” Inhofe said in a statement to CNN.
  7. Marco Rubio from Florida told CNN he opposed the legislation, saying it was a “stupid waste of time.”
  8. Roger Wicker of Mississippi told CNN that he probably has a no on the bill. “I would probably be a no,” he said, adding, “I don’t think the Supreme Court will touch that issue.”

UNDECISIVE OR NO SUPPORT FOR

  1. Richard Burr of North Carolina is undecided. He told CNN on Wednesday that he hadn’t seen the bill when asked if he would vote for it.
  2. Roy Blunt from Missouri told CNN he wasn’t sure and wanted to “look at it and see.” He also begged the question, “What are we committed to next?” when the Senate codifies same-sex marriage into federal law. He added, “I don’t have a problem with same-sex marriage, but I’m not sure — I want to look at the legislation.”
  3. Mike Brown from Indiana CNN told CNN on Wednesday that he would wait until the bill went into the Senate and then look at it.
  4. Joni Ernst from Iowa is open to same-sex marriage legislation and will review the bill if it goes before the Senate, according to a spokesman for her office.
  5. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin told CNN, “I haven’t fully verified it.”
  6. Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming said she was waiting to read the legislation.
  7. Rand Paul from Kentucky said he hadn’t had a chance to look at it yet.
  8. Mitch McConnell from Kentucky was noncommittal on Tuesday when asked if he would vote for the House bill that would enshrine protections for same-sex marriages in federal law, saying: “I’m going to delay announcing anything on this subject until we see what.” the majority sees leaders wanting to put it down.”
  9. Mitt Romney from Utah offered noncommittal comments on the bill, telling CNN that the same-sex marriage law “is something I haven’t considered at this point” because “I don’t see the law changing.”
  10. Mike Rounds of South Dakota said he didn’t look at the bill. “I already think that the fact that we have an eight-to-one in the Supreme Court suggesting it’s not coming probably makes it a contentious issue at first,” he said. When asked how he feels about same-sex marriage in general, he replied: “I think there is a difference between sacramental marriage and legal marriage, and if someone wants to enter into that type of partnership, I’m not against it. “
  11. Rick Scott from Florida told CNN he wanted to wait but believes the Supreme Court has already ruled when asked if he would support the bill.
  12. Dan Sullivan from Alaska told CNN he “needs to check it out.” He noted that he accepts the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
  13. John Thune of South Dakota, the GOP whip, told CNN he would “look closely at the bill” despite previously opposing same-sex marriage. Thune said he expects the Senate legislation to have similar levels of GOP support as it has in the House. “As you saw, yesterday there was pretty good bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and I expect there would probably be the same as what you would see in the Senate,” he said. Thune also claimed the bill is an attempt to distract from economic woes and high inflation ahead of the midterms. When asked if his own views have changed, Thune wouldn’t say so explicitly. “I have an opinion on this that goes back a long way. But I also respect the decision the court made in 2015,” Thune said.
  14. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said he hadn’t looked at the bill when asked by CNN if he would vote in favor of it.
  15. Tommy Tuberville from Alabama told CNN on Wednesday he wanted to wait and look at the entire bill. “But I think people should be free to do what they want. It’s a free country,” he said.
  16. Todd Young of Indiana said he didn’t read it. “The details are really important. Yes, so feel more comfortable responding to that after I’ve read the legislation,” he said when asked how he would vote on the measure.

WAITING FOR REPLY

  1. John Barrasso of Wyoming – CNN contacted his office.
  2. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee – CNN contacted her office.
  3. John Boozman of Arkansas – CNN contacted his office.
  4. Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia – CNN contacted her office.
  5. Tom Cotton from Arkansas – CNN contacted his office.
  6. Mike Crapo from Idaho – CNN contacted his office.
  7. Kevin Cramer from North Dakota – CNN contacted his office.
  8. Steve Daines from Montana – CNN contacted his office.
  9. Deb Fischer of Nebraska – CNN contacted her office.
  10. Chuck Grassley from Iowa CNN has contacted his office.
  11. Bill Hagerty from Tennessee – CNN contacted his office.
  12. John Hoeven of North Dakota – CNN contacted his office.
  13. Cindy Hyde Smith from Mississippi – CNN contacted her office.
  14. John Kennedy of Louisiana – CNN contacted his office.
  15. James Lankford of Oklahoma – CNN contacted his office.
  16. Mike Lee from Utah – CNN contacted his office.
  17. Roger Marshall from Kansas – CNN contacted his office.
  18. Jerry Moran from Kansas – CNN contacted his office.
  19. Jim Risch of Idaho – CNN contacted his office.
  20. Ben Sasse from Nebraska – CNN contacted his office.
  21. Tim Scott from South Carolina – CNN has contacted his office.
  22. Richard Shelby of Alabama – CNN contacted his office.

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