Marriage equality bill clears major Senate hurdle

The Respect for Marriage Act, a bill to codify protections for same-sex and interracial marriages,

After receiving substantial support from Senate Republicans on Wednesday

Removed a major procedural roadblock in the Senate.

The motion to proceed to debate on the bill passed 62-37,

More than 60 votes were needed to break the Senate strait,

indicating that the legislation has the support to pass the House.

A dozen Senate Republicans voted with all Democrats to pass the bill.