“Twelve Republicans voted with all Democrats to move forward on the legislation, meaning a final vote could come as soon as this week, or later this month. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill ensuring the unions are legally recognized under the law is chance for the Senate to ‘live up to its highest ideals’ and protect marriage equality for all people.” We’re divided. But apparently not hopelessly divided (at least for the rest of this year). Same-sex marriage legislation clears key Senate hurdle.