Senate coronavirus infections threaten passage of marriage equality bill

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U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Monday afternoon announced her positive COVID diagnosis — the fourth member of the Senate in recent days to test positive for COVID-19.

Hours earlier, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) also announced he had tested positive for COVID. On Thursday, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) announced he had tested positive and was isolating for five days. That same day Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) announced her positive test, but she returned to work Monday.

The current absence of three (likely) pro-same-sex marriage voting Senators due to COVID may throw a wrench into Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s plans to put to a vote legislation to protect same-sex marriages.

According to multiple sources, Democratic Leader Schumer had planned to put the bill up for a cloture vote this week. It would require 60 votes to move forward. Despite reports, including from The New York Times saying it had been seen as “dead on arrival,” CNN and Huffpost found a significant number of Republican Senators, although not yet officially ten, indicating they would vote to pass the legislation.

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