WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to protect same-sex marriage.  

The 'Respect for Marriage Act' passed the House on a 258 to 169 vote. After the vote was finalized, the House chamber erupted with cheers from lawmakers. Congress pursued this legislation following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Some Democrats worried the court would overturn rulings that protect same-sex marriage. The bill does not set a national requirement that all states must legalize same-sex marriage, but it does require states to recognize another state's legal marriage. 

Our local congressional members Rep. Mike Kelly (R- PA), Rep. Fred Keller (R- PA) and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) all voted 'no' on this legislation. Thompson came under fire awhile go when he voted against this legislation before he attended his son's same-sex wedding. Thompson issued this statement following the vote:  

"Individuals have the freedom and the right to choose who to grow old with in life. However, the bill lacks the appropriate constitutional protections for religious liberties enshrined in the First Amendment." 

The legislation now heads to Biden's desk for his signature.