House Sends Same-Sex Marriage Bill To Biden

  • The House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass a final version of the Respect for Marriage Act, which requires states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
  • Thirty-nine Republicans joined with all 219 Democrats to pass the legislation. It initially passed the House in July, but the Senate’s addition of a religious liberty amendment made another vote necessary.
  • Republican opponents argued that the bill does not do enough to protect opponents of same-sex marriage from discrimination claims, and neither chamber included a religious liberty amendment championed by some conservatives.
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