House Republican support for same-sex marriage bill shrinks despite religious liberty amendment

Ten House Republicans who voted “yes” on the Respect for Marriage Act when it initially passed the lower chamber over the summer did not support the amended version Thursday.

Seven GOP lawmakers who first supported the bill changed their votes from “yes” to “no,” while two did not vote and one voted present on the Senate-amended version of the legislation that the House first passed in July. The total amount of GOP support decreased from 47 votes in July to 39 votes Thursday, as two Republicans changed from “no” to “yes” votes.


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The seven yea-to-nay members were Reps. Brian Mast (R-FL), Dan Meuser (R-PA), Cliff Bentz (R-OR), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Scott Perry (R-PA), and Jefferson Van Drew (R-NJ). Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) voted “present” instead of “yes” as
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