Dozens Of Republicans Side With Democrats On Controversial Issue
(USNewsMag.com) – When the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) handed down its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade and returning the abortion question to the states, many people were outraged. They were further incensed by Justice Clarence Thomas’ statements in his concurring opinion, saying the High Court should reconsider other landmark decisions, including Obergefell v. Hodges, which centers on same-sex marriage. This led some Democratic lawmakers to take action to try to codify it into law — and 47 Republicans recently sided with them on the measure.
Respect for Marriage Act
On July 18, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced HR 8404, dubbed the Respect for Marriage Act. In the text, it calls for repealing the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman, which is outlined in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. At its heart, the Respect for Marriage Act seeks to encode gay marriage rights in federal law. It went before the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 19, and passed with a 267-157 vote, with 47 Republicans voting in favor.
Nadler took aim at Justice Thomas, saying, “Congress should provide additional reassurance that marriage equality is a matter of settled law.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill “guarantees no married couple can be denied equal protection under federal law.” She said it’s an important distinction to make, especially in regards to social security benefits and tax provisions.
Not All Republicans Side With Democrats
Among the 47 Republicans who sided with the Democrats were Adam Kinzinger (IL) and RINO Liz Cheney (WY). Both of these legislators are open with their hostile opinions toward former President Donald Trump, and both are on the January 6 Committee. Other notable GOP Representatives who voted in favor include Nancy Mace (SC), Darrell Issa (CA), Elise Stefanik (NY) and Lee Zeldin (NY).
However, 157 Republicans were against the bill, and seven abstained from voting. GOP Representatives cited various reasons for disagreeing with the legislation, with some calling it “shameful” and “silly.” Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) said it’s aimed at “dividing the country” and that same-sex marriage isn’t a talking point among Republicans. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said it would overturn state legislation, which the constituents voted for and wanted.
The bill now heads to the evenly-split Senate. To pass, it’ll need 60 votes, which means 10 Republicans have to agree, and it’s uncertain whether it will garner enough support.
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