While the U.S. Senate Democrats have agreed to delay voting on a bill that seeks to codify the mandatory recognition of same-sex “marriage” across the nation, all eyes are on left-of-center Republicans like Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The so called “Respect for Marriage Act” passed the House in July with 47 Republicans voting in favor of the bill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had hoped to get the controversial legislation through the evenly divided Senate this month, but he did not have a at least 10 Republicans that would side with Democrats to pass it in the evenly divided Senate. Without 10 Republicans, the bill cannot overcome a filibuster.

On Thursday, Democrats agreed to wait until after the midterms to bring the measure to a vote.

Murkowski has long-supported same-sex marriage and is viewed as one of the Republicans who may abandon her fellow Republicans in order to pass the bill. Murkowski, however, is facing a challenge from conservative candidate Kelly Tshibaka. Recent polls show they are deadlocked.

The bill is being proposed out of concern that the U.S. Supreme Court may one day overturn its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling which imposed gay marriage across the nation. If the court ever did strike down Obergefell, then each state would again be free to limit marriage to the union of one man and one woman.

Although it has not been enforced since 2015, Alaska’s Constitution still affirms marriage as the union of a man and woman.

If passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Biden, the Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the longstanding (but unenforced) federal Defense of Marriage Act, which affirms that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The federal law protects states’ rights to have similar laws.

The Democrat’s proposed law would also require the federal government to recognize “marriages” performed by any state and would force all other states to recognize those marriages as well. While states would only have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, the Democratic bill would mandate that the federal government recognize any new “union” a state develops, including marriages of more than two people.

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Murkowski seen as critical in Democratic plan to codify gay marriage after midterms

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Steve P Peterson says:

    That woman is pure, unadulterated evil.

  • North to Alaska says:

    Of course if she didn’t, another Republican Senator would step in to take her place.

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Well we know Collens and Murkowski both will be signing on along with Liz Chainy, Utah’s looser, and need I go on?

  • Richard Eide says:

    The list is long of her extreme leftist voting. Comical the ads painting her as a clean candidate.

  • Steve says:

    Have you ever contact Lisa to find out her stance on the Liberal agenda? I have and she supports the majority of them. Anyone that thinks Lisa is good for the state, or the country is delusional. Her main claim is the money she takes from your pockets via the federal government and brings it back to the state. I’ve heard liberals state, “Well if we don’t take it someone else will”. Sounds more like something a looter would say.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Now that the democrats got Mary Peltola into congress, they are going to try to bulldoze Alaska into nothingness. As long as they can cheat Murkowski back into her seat and they cheated Peltola into the congressional seat, they are just about all set to start bulldozing. People better vote RED in November. We see that people are dropping out of that race and backing Tshibaka…that is a good start! We need to get someone(s) to drop out of the congressional race, so that we are only voting for one Republican in that race.