Meet the 47 Republicans Who Joined Democrats to Protect Same-Sex Marriage

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass the “Respect for Marriage Act.” It would codify same-sex marriage into law. It’s a free-for-all at the altar these days in America — for better or for worse.

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The legislation passed with a 267-157 vote. 47 House Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) and GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) are counted among those who defied the base of their party and sided with Democrats.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) both voted “no.”

“The tide is shifting on culture war issues within the Republican Party,” said nationally-syndicated talk show host Todd Starnes. “Inside the Beltway, it’s pretty much an open secret that the GOP is liberalizing itself on some key issues.”

The New York Times noted that the Republican support for the bill was “remarkable.”

“They’ve made the calculated decision that Evangelicals will never abandon the Republican Party,” Starnes said. “But if the Establishment is wrong and the Evangelicals bolt, they will never win a national election.”

If passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Biden, the bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and would enshrine marriage equality for federal law purposes.


The legislation had the backing from a number of radical leftist hate groups including the Human Rights Campaign, GLAD, and the ACLU.

Following is a list of all the Republicans who sided with Democrats:

Reps. Kelly Armstrong (N.D.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Cliff Bentz (Ore.), Ken Calvert (Calif.), Kat Cammack (Fla.), Mike Carey (Ohio), Liz Cheney (Wyo.), John Curtis (Utah), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Tom Emmer (Minn.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.), Mike Garcia (Calif.), Carlos Gimenez (Fla.), Tony Gonzales (Texas), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Ashley Hinson (Iowa), Darrell Issa (Calif.), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), David Joyce (Ohio), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Nancy Mace (S.C.), Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.), Brian Mast (Fla.), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Dan Meuser (Pa.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa), Blake Moore (Utah), Dan Newhouse (Wash.), Jay Obernolte (Calif.), Burgess Owens (Utah), Scott Perry (Pa.), Tom Rice (S.C.), Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.), Mike Simpson (Idaho), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Bryan Steil (Wis.), Chris Stewart (Utah), Mike Turner (Ohio), Fred Upton (Mich.), David Valadao (Calif.), Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), Ann Wagner (Mo.), Michael Waltz (Fla.) and Lee Zeldin (N.Y.).

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