[guest post by Dana]
The House passed the Respect For Marriage Act…to codify legal same-sex marriage nationwide, fearing that the conservative majority on the Supreme Court will rescind the right after it overturned Roe v. Wade last month.
The vote was 267-157, with 47 Republicans supporting it.
The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, enshrine legal same-sex marriage for the purposes of federal law, and add legal protections for married couples of the same sex.
Bill to codify federal recognition of same-sex marriage gets 47 GOP yes votes. Here are the 39 I counted: pic.twitter.com/2N5YvLOlHc
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 19, 2022
According to Nancy Pelosi, today’s bill was the result of a concurring opinion by Justice Thomas:
…Justice Clarence Thomas…suggested the court should revisit other rulings including, gay marriage and access to contraception. The opinion set off a firestorm on the left, with Democrats arguing that the nation’s highest court was preparing to strike down one precedent after another.
Republicans who voted against the bill today said that it was “silly,” argued that the states should decide the issue, claimed the bill was a response to Democrats’ activist base and donor base, and that Congress should focus on “real” issues (energy, inflation).
It’s a tricky spot for Republicans: A Gallup poll taken in June found that 71% of Americans support gay marriage, the highest it’s ever been. Times change.