October 25, 2011
By Adam Bink
Sen. Leahy’s staff let us know that the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin markup of the Respect for Marriage Act on Thursday, November 3rd. Voting on amendments and the full bill is likely to be delayed a week, given that the committee Republicans have used a procedure to force a delay on consideration for a week on everything before the committee this year. So it’s likely actual consideration and voting will be on November 10th, but the process itself begins on November 3rd.
It’s unclear what amendments the Republicans will offer to the bill, but we’re preparing for the worst.
As first noted here on Prop8TrialTracker.com back in April, we have the 10 votes in hand we need to pass the bill out of committee (all Democrats). However, whatever happens on amendments could change that calculus.
Stay tuned for coverage.