Nearly four-hundred Republican representatives in the House voted with the Democrats to approve legislation that would codify the recognition of same-sex marriages.
Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the Respect for Marriage Act with the support of 47 Republicans, 267-157.
Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Lee Zeldin of New York, and Nancy Mace of South Carolina were among the prominent Republicans who supported the bill.
The others were:
Reps. Kelly Armstrong (N.D.); Don Bacon (Neb.); Cliff Bentz (Ore.); Ken Calvert (Calif.); Kat Cammack (Fla.); Mike Carey (Ohio); John Curtis (Utah); Rodney Davis (Ill.); Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.); Tom Emmer (Minn.); Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.); Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.); Mike Garcia (Calif.); Carlos Gimenez (Fla.); Tony Gonzales (Texas); Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio); Ashley Hinson (Iowa); Darrell Issa (Calif.); Chris Jacobs (N.Y.); David Joyce (Ohio); John Katko (N.Y.); Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.); Brian Mast (Fla.); Dan Meuser (Pa.); Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa); Blake Moore (Utah); Dan Newhouse (Wash.); Jay Obernolte (Calif.); Burgess Owens (Utah); Scott Perry (Pa.); Tom Rice (S.C.); Mike Simpson (Idaho); Bryan Steil (Wis.); Chris Stewart (Utah); Mike Turner (Ohio); Fred Upton (Mich.); David Valadao (Calif.); Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.); Ann Wagner (Mo.); and Michael Waltz (Fla.).
Politico claimed that Democrats rejoiced loudly when the final result was announced.
Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise voted against the resolution.
If approved by the Senate and enacted into law, the Respect for Marriage Act would give same-sex weddings legal standing.
The law would replace existing legal rules that define marriage as a partnership between a man and a woman with provisions that recognize same-sex weddings. In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled state laws against same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
To facilitate same-sex marriage, the proposal would also abolish and replace legislative provisions that define a spouse as a member of the opposite sex.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“This bill makes crystal clear that every couple and their children has the fundamental freedom to take pride in their marriage and have their marriage respected under the law,” Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during her remarks on the House floor, according to Politico.
“If gay couples want to be as happily or miserably married as straight couples, more power to them. Trust me, I’ve tried it more than once,” Mace wrote on Twitter after the vote. CONTINUE READING…