On Tuesday, the Democrat-led House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that would add same-sex marriage safeties to federal law.

Same-sex Marriage Bill

47 Republicans defended a law known as the Respect for Marriage Act, including those who have publicly made an apology in the past for opposing same-sex marriage.

However, over three-quarters of House Republicans voted against bill. They argued that the law is merely a political pose by the Democratic Party and that same-sex marriage isn’t really under attack.

The vote came after Democrats feared a Conservative Supreme Court majority could target same-sex marriages in the future as the SC voted Roe v. Wade significantly impacted long-standing precedents.

Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York introduced the bill, known as the Respect for Marriage Act.

In addition to protecting the right to same-sex marriage countrywide, the bill also has federal defenses against interracial marriages.

The bill states that marriage must be legal under federal law if it is legal in the state where the marriage was contracted.

Bill also creates extra legal protections for married couples aimed at preventing discrimination based on ethnicity, race, or sex, including powers for the attorney general to take coercive measures.

The 1996 law, the Defense of Marriage Act, was largely overturned by court decisions during the Obama period, including the Supreme Court's Obergefell v Hodges case.