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These Are the 47 Republicans Who Voted for Gay Marriage

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Roe v. Wade, and with it, longstanding legal precedent.Titled the “Respect for Marriage Act,” the bill would require states to recognize legally valid same-sex and interracial marriages, and prohibit discrimination “based on the sex, race, ethnicity or national origin of the individuals in the marriage.” Couples who believe they’ve been discriminated against because of their LGBTQ identity would be allowed to pursue legal action.The number of House Republicans who defected from the Republican Party’s official position, which opposes legal recognition of same-sex relationships, was much larger than expected by most political observers, reflecting shifting attitudes on the issue of same-sex nuptials, even among Republicans — a majority of whom support same-sex marriage, according to polling.Many of the Republicans who voted in favor of the measure tended to be younger, newer members of Congress, hailing from suburbs or exurbs of large cities, though there were exceptions.For instance, all four members of the Utah congressional delegation voted in favor of codifying same-sex marriage.

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