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Democrats rallying to codify interracial, same-sex marriage rights as Senate Republicans flail

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Just before House Democrats ushered a marriage equality bill through the lower chamber Tuesday evening, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York offered, "I for one am very interested to see which Republicans will still stand in that doorway and prevent us from coming together around a basic issue like equality of our love and of our marriages."

One of those House Republicans ultimately voting against Americans’ freedom to marry the person they love was Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina, who also happens to be the GOP nominee for the state's open Senate seat.

Budd's Democratic challenger, former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice Cheri Beasley, wasted no time responding to Budd's vote.

"Ted Budd just voted against protecting our constitutional freedoms. Again," Beasley tweeted. "With our rights at risk, we owe it to families to defend their right to marry the person they love. Love is love."

This vote on basic privacy rights—along with one later this week on contraception—is a total gift to congressional Democrats courtesy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

But it's an absolute win on both the policy and the politics for Senate Democrats, in particular. That's why Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said early Wednesday that Democrats planned to work a vote into the Senate schedule.

"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 announced, noting that openly gay Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin would be running point on the bill.

First of all, codifying these rights to interracial and same-sex marriage would be so important to many millions of........

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