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Senator Ron Johnson is Newest RINO Traitor to Betray Traditional Marriage

Urban Milwaukee news online reports:

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he will not oppose legislation to codify federal protection for same-sex and interracial marriage.

The House passed the Respect for Marriage Act this week in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The court used the finding of a right to privacy in its 1972 abortion decision to support future decisions, including Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, one of the new bill's Senate sponsors, says the legislation is needed after Justice Clarence Thomas suggested in his own written Supreme Court opinion that overturning Roe meant that other landmark court decisions including Obergefell v. Hodges should also be reconsidered. If passed, the new law would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. That law defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, and was enacted in 1996 in response to growing push at the time for marriage equality from gay rights activists.

The court's decision in Obergefell invalidated DOMA, establishing the right for same-sex couples to marry.

The law will need to overcome a potential Republican filibuster to pass in the Senate, which means it will need at least 60 votes to proceed. Democrats hold 50 seats in the U.S. Senate. Johnson, a conservative who is seeking reelection in the fall, had declined to give reporters his position earlier this week.

In a new statement, he said he would not block the legislation.

"Prior to the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision on gay marriage I supported civil unions," Johnson stated. "After Obergefell, I considered the issue settled."

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