39 Republicans Vote for Radical Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The Home of Representatives gave closing approval to the Respect for Marriage Act Thursday. The invoice, which handed 258-169, is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Each single Democrat voted for the laws, as did 39 Republicans. Most Republicans (169) voted towards the measure, whereas 1 voted “current” and 4 didn’t vote.

The Senate handed the invoice, 61-36, final week.

The invoice seeks to codify the Supreme Courtroom’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Biden is predicted to signal it into legislation.

The Home beforehand voted to go the Respect for Marriage Act in July. All Democrats voted in favor (220), whereas 157 Republicans voted towards. Forty-seven Republicans joined their Democrat colleagues in voting for the invoice.

These included Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., chairwoman of the Home Republican Convention; Adam Kinzinger, R-Ailing.; Scott Perry, R-Pa.; Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.; and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.

Rep. Perry seems to have walked again on his determination to vote for the invoice. Perry mentioned in a November interview with Household Analysis Council President Tony Perkins that he didn’t have a lot info on the invoice earlier than it went up for a vote in July. “This invoice didn’t come via committee within the Home—it got here on to the ground,” mentioned Perry. “We got a alternative, as we understood it… to vote both towards conventional marriage or towards interracial marriage.”

Perry defined he needed to vote on the invoice virtually instantly. “I calculated incorrectly … that my long-standing help of conventional marriage could be understood, and I didn’t need to vote towards interracial marriage.”

Remarking on the upcoming Senate vote, Perry mentioned: “Now they’re going to supply some sort of modification… however this actually destroys spiritual freedom.”

Twelve Senate Republicans who beforehand supported the invoice joined all 50 Senate Democrats in voting for its closing passage final week. Amongst these Republican senators had been Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, and Mitt Romney of Utah.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, launched a religious liberty amendment to the Senate model of the invoice. “The [Respect for Marriage Act’s] main proponents amended the invoice by including protections for spiritual service attendance and the solemnization of marriage,” Lee wrote in a November op-ed. “However these protections are insufficient to deal with most of the gravest dangers posed by this invoice, significantly these threatening the tax-exempt standing of non secular non-profits.”

Lee’s modification, which garnered 48-49 votes, failed to fulfill the 60-vote requirement to go the Senate.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, launched his personal modification within the Home Guidelines Committee final week. The Home Guidelines Committee dominated his modification—which might have provided protections for many who imagine out of non secular or ethical conviction that marriage is a union between one man and one lady—out of order on Monday.

“The Home Guidelines Committee blocked my commonsense modification to the so-called Respect for Marriage Act. In doing so, Guidelines Committee Democrats silenced the American folks’s voice within the Home chamber and put our basic rights within the crosshairs,” Roy mentioned in a press release offered to The Each day Sign.

Roy mentioned that “not a single committee held a listening to, heard from witnesses, or deliberated the small print of this laws” earlier than the vote, so members of Congress “can be compelled to vote up or down on a invoice that they weren’t allowed to amend and even critically debate.”

“No free American ought to need to dwell in fixed risk of getting their life upended and ruined in court docket for holding millennia-old spiritual beliefs,” Roy added. “Additional, each Individuals deserves to know whether or not their consultant desires the federal authorities to focus on folks of religion.”

Listed here are the Republicans who voted for it in July:

Reps.Kelly Armstrong (N.D.) 

Don Bacon (Neb.) 

Cliff Bentz (Ore.) 

Ken Calvert (Calif.) 

Kat Cammack (Fla.)

Mike Carey (Ohio) 

Liz Cheney (Wyo.) 

John Curtis (Utah) 

Rodney Davis (Ailing.) 

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.) 

Adam Kinzinger (Ailing.) 

Nancy Mace (S.C.) 

Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.) 

Brian Mast (Fla.) 

Peter Meijer (Mich.) 

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.) 

Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.) 

Mike Simpson (Idaho) 

Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) 

Bryan Steil (Wis.) 

Chris Stewart (Utah) 

Mike Turner (Ohio) 

Fred Upton (Mich.) 

David Valadao (Calif.) 

Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.) 

Ann Wagner (Mo.) 

Michael Waltz (Fla.) 

Lee Zeldin (N.Y.) 

Mary Margaret Olohan contributed to this report.

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