Marriage equality bill clears major Senate hurdle
The Respect for Marriage Act, a bill to codify protections for same-sex and interracial marriages,
After receiving substantial support from Senate Republicans on Wednesday
Removed a major procedural roadblock in the Senate.
The motion to proceed to debate on the bill passed 62-37,
More than 60 votes were needed to break the Senate strait,
indicating that the legislation has the support to pass the House.
A dozen Senate Republicans voted with all Democrats to pass the bill.