JUST IN: Senate Votes 62-37 to Advance Bill That Would Protect Same-Sex Marriage – Here Are the Republicans Who Voted with Democrats

The Senate on Wednesday voted 62-37 to advance a bill that would protect same-sex marriage.

The Senate voted to open debate on a bill that will ‘codify’ same-sex marriage.

Here are the Republicans who voted with the Democrats: : Roy Blunt-Missouri; Richard Burr-North Carolina; Shelley Moore Capito-West Virginia; Joni Ernst-Iowa; Cynthia Lummis-Wyoming; Lisa Murkowski-Alaska; Rob Portman-Ohio; Dan Sullivan-Alaska; Mitt Romney-Utah; Thom Tillis-North Carolina; and Todd Young-Indiana.

Burr, Blunt and Portman are retiring.

The 12 Republicans joining Democrats is a strong signal that the bill will pass both chambers.

A similar version of this passed already passed the House of Representatives with at least 50 Republican lawmakers voting with Democrats.

NBC News reported:

The Senate voted Wednesday to open debate on a bill that would codify federal protections for same-sex marriage, signaling that the legislation has sufficient Republican support to pass.

Lawmakers advanced the legislation in a 62-37 vote days after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., vowed to proceed on an updated version of the measure released by a bipartisan group of senators.

The bipartisan group that crafted the bill, led by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., signaled this week that the bill would have the 10 GOP votes needed to pass in the upper chamber during the lame-duck session.

Democrats need 10 Republicans to support the bill in order for it to overcome the 60-vote procedural hurdle before a final floor vote can take place.

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