same sex marriage

Where Things Stand: Tossing Their Leverage With The Bathwater?
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Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and the rest of the bipartisan group of senators working on the passage of a same-sex marriage bill announced today that they’re going to table their efforts until after the election. Baldwin in a statement noted that she’s confident the group will get enough Republicans on board post-midterms for the bill to pass the Senate.

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Where Things Stand: Watching The Christian Right’s Power Play Out In Real Time
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I made the point yesterday that the language Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is using to clean up his past marriage equality remarks — earlier this summer he said he had no reason to “oppose” codifying same-sex marriage into federal law — is an obvious cave to the Christian right. In frantic messaging in recent days, Johnson has flip-flopped on his previous position as he struggles with the impossible task of casting himself as a reasonable guy to Wisconsin voters and a reliable ally to Christian conservatives.

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Where Things Stand: RonJohn Must Think This Is The Winning Position
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As one of, if not the most vulnerable, senator seeking reelection this midterm cycle, Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) been staking out his policy positions on a number of issues rather publicly in recent weeks — after mid-August polling from Marquette Law School found that the incumbent was trailing behind his Democratic rival. Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes has a 7-percentage point lead over Johnson with 51 percent of the vote compared to his 44 percent.

And his latest remarks — clarifying where he stands on a same-sex marriage bill that could soon come before members of the upper chamber — include a few too many references to “religious liberty” to not be read as a scrambling effort to satisfy the religious right after initially appearing to be open to the bill.

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Where Things Stand: That Bill To Protect Same-Sex Marriage May Get A Vote
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Some top Senate Democrats are reportedly considering weaving same-sex marriage legislation into a coming spending bill that would keep the government open past the end of the month.

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Where Things Stand: RonJohn Is Flailing Around
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A recent Marquette University Law School found that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) may not be as safely re-electable as he was ahead of his last reelection in 2016.

The poll was released last week, showing RonJohn is trailing a bit behind his Democratic rival — Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes has a 7-percentage point lead over Johnson with 51 percent of the vote compared to his 44 percent.

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Baldwin Thinks She Can Still Find 10 GOP Votes To Protect Same-Sex Marriage
GOPer Who Voted Against Marriage Equality Goes To Son’s Gay Wedding Days Later
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WASHINGTON, DC  - JULY 26:  (L-R)  Newly-adopted son Cardel, 6 smiles at his two adoptive parents,  Kelly Vielmo (C) and Jack Montgomery (R) get married by Rev. __________ in Washington, DC on Thursday, July 26, 2012.  The same sex couple legally adopted Cardel and his two sisters Ravyn, 2 and Raine, 3 earlier in the day.  The children are all siblings from the same mother and have been living with Jack and Kelly for about a year now.  They decided to do both events on the same day out of convenience for family members who came to town.   (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post) Trump Admin Rule Change Would Give Federal Funds To Anti-LGBT Adoption Groups
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with son Nathan Davis, a deputy clerk, reads a statement to the press outside the Rowan County Courthouse on Sept. 14, 2015 in Morehead, Ky. Davis did not interfere with marriage licenses issued after she returned to work. (Pablo Alcala/Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS) Fed Appeals Court Rules Kim Davis Can Be Sued Over Gay Marriage License Refusals
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