Last Updated on July 26, 2022
Republican Senate candidate nominee Mehmet Oz indicated he would support codifying same-sex marriage into law.
“Dr. Mehmet Oz believes that same sex couples should have the same freedom to get married as straight couples,” Oz’s campaign told The Hill on Tuesday.
The campaign responded to a request for comments on whether Oz would support the “Respect for Marriage Act”, a bill that passed through the house last week seeking to enshrine same-sex marriage.
The “Respect for Marriage Act” was supported unanimously by House Democrats with 47 Republicans crossing party lines to vote with the Left.
Oz’s comments come as Senate Republicans are beginning to publicize they would vote “yes” on the bill if it came to the Senate floor. With 50 Republicans in the Senate, only 10 are needed to vote in favor of same-sex marriage for the bill to pass.
As National File previously reported, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) suggested last week he would bring the bill to the floor, adding he was “really impressed” by the 47 House Republicans who voted in support of the bill.
“I want to bring this bill to the floor, and we’re working to get the necessary Senate Republican support to ensure it would pass,” Schumer added.
With pressure mounting on the GOP Senators, the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Matt Rinaldi, called on the GOP to vote against the same-sex marriage bill but also take steps to fix the recent “societal decline” in America.
Speaking exclusively with National File, Rinaldi recalled just how quickly the Republican party’s stance on gay marriage has shifted. “47 Congressional Republicans voted affirmatively to redefine marriage in a way that even Democrats opposed just a decade ago,” the party chairman noted.
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Rinaldi went on to say that Republicans who are unwilling to “undo the societal decline that led us to child drag shows, mutilating children, marginalizing men and erasing women, then they have no reason to be in office.”
“The GOP needs to restore America by promoting strong families, a return to education and traditional values. Otherwise, it has no reason to exist,” he added.
While Dr. Oz has vocalized hard-line stances against abortion and gun control, his Trump support is also being questioned after the GOP nominee removed all Trump branding from his website after winning the primary against David McCormick.
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Stay tuned to National File for any updates.