U.S. House on bipartisan vote passes bill protecting right to same-sex marriage

By: - July 19, 2022 5:24 pm

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., voted for the bill. “As a person of faith, I believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” he said in a statement. “However, I do not believe the government should dictate who can marry each other based on gender, race, or ethnicity.”

U.S. Reps. Mike Flood and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., voted against the bill.

“This bill was rushed to the floor, completely disregarding the normal committee process, because it’s just a political ploy,” Flood said in a statement. “The Supreme Court has made clear that nobody’s marriage is under threat, and to insinuate otherwise isn’t just inaccurate — it’s cruel, hateful fear-mongering. The American people deserve better.”

Smith, in a statement,  said, “We should be working together to address the challenges Americans are facing, not picking a fight with the Supreme Court when they’ve already indicated no one’s marriage is at risk. This unnecessary bill was rushed through, out of regular order, mostly to give Democrats another talking point against the Supreme Court.”


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Jennifer Shutt
Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.