WASHINGTON—Days following his vote against a House bill to protect same-sex marriage, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., attended his gay son’s wedding.
“Congressman and Mrs. Thompson were thrilled to attend and celebrate their son’s marriage on Friday night as he began this new chapter in his life,” said Maddison Stone, Thompson’s press secretary, in an email to USA TODAY.
She added that the Thompson’s are “very happy” to welcome their new son-in-law “into their family.”
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Thompson was one of the 157 Republicans who opposed the Respect for Marriage Act bill on Tuesday. However, 47 of his fellow Republicans joined all House Democrats in support of it.
In a statement to a local Pennsylvania paper, Centre Daily Times, Stone said the bill is “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.”
The bill, which received bipartisan support from 267 House members, now heads to the Senate for consideration, where it needs 60 votes to pass.
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The bipartisan action to protect same-sex marriage stems from fear that the Supreme Court could overturn Obergefell v. Hodge, a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas asked the high court to reconsider Obergefell last month after Roe v. Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion, was struck down.
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