House passes bill codifying same-sex marriage with significant GOP support

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would codify same-sex marriage into federal law on Tuesday, with large numbers of Republican lawmakers joining all Democrats in supporting the legislation.

Forty-seven Republicans joined all Democrats in voting for the bill, named the Respect for Marriage Act, after House GOP leadership announced that it would not be whipping rank-and-file lawmakers to oppose it. The final vote tally was 267-157, with all no votes coming from Republicans.

Among the nearly four dozen Republicans to back the legislation were Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, and Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), the head of House Republicans’ campaign arm. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) opposed the bill.