A Republican lawmaker joined a majority of his GOP colleagues in voting against a House bill that would have codified federal protections for same-sex marriage just three days after joining his gay son in marriage. .
The gay son of Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., confirmed to NBC News on Monday that he “married for love. [his] Life” on Friday and that her “dad was there.” NBC News is not releasing the names of the grooms, nor are any of the public figures.
Madison Stone, Thompson’s press secretary, also confirmed that the congressman was present.
“Congressman and Mrs. Thompson were very excited to attend and celebrate their son’s wedding Friday night as he begins this new chapter in his life,” Stone said in an email, adding that the Thompsons are “thrilled” to welcome their new son. in-laws “in their family.”
Gawker was First to report marriages An article published Thursday, a day before the event, though did not say whether lawmakers would attend.
In an email to a local newspaper last week Center dailyStone called the Respect for Marriage Act “nothing more than an election-year messaging stunt for Democrats in Congress who have failed to address historic inflation and out-of-control prices at gas pumps and grocery stores.”
Thompson, who represents the state’s 15th Congressional District, was one of 157 House Republicans who Voted against Bill on Tuesday. However, 47 of his GOP colleagues joined Democrats to pass the bipartisan measure after concerns that existing same-sex marriage protections May be in crosshairs of the conservative-leaning Supreme Court.
The Respect for Marriage Act is now being considered in the Senate, where 10 GOP lawmakers must join all 50 Democrats to send the legislation to President Joe Biden’s desk. one of Five Republican senators who have already confirmed a yes vote on the bill are Rob Portman of Ohio, who announced his support for same-sex marriage in 2013 after his son came out as gay.
The bill comes at a time when 71 percent of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, support same-sex marriage. Gallup poll last month.
While same-sex marriage has been supported. Republican voters and some Republican lawmakers have increased.the The latest platform of the Republican National Committee – enacted in 2016 and renewed in 2020 – contains at least five references to marriage as specifically between a man and a woman.