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Senate Punts Marriage Equality Vote Until After Midterms Due to GOP

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(CNN) -- The Senate will punt on a vote over same-sex marriage legislation until after the November midterm elections as negotiators ask for more time to lock down support -- a move that could make it more likely the bill will ultimately pass the chamber.Sen.

Tammy Baldwin, a leading Democratic negotiator on the bill that would codify same-sex marriage nationwide, said Thursday that more time is needed to negotiate the issue with Republicans -- and wants to delay any vote in the Senate until after the November midterm elections."We're very confident that the bill will pass, but we will need a little more time," Baldwin told CNN.Democrats had originally been eyeing a Senate vote before this fall's midterms -- potentially even as soon as next week.

Now, Baldwin says she wants the bill to come up "the day after the election."Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to hold a vote on the bill, but timing has been uncertain as it has been unclear if there will be the needed 10 GOP votes to overcome a filibuster and advance the legislation toward final passage.Democrats have pushed for the vote after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v.

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