\r\n\r\nBy Eric Neugeboren, Texas Tribune\r\nAlmost all U.S. House Republicans from Texas on Tuesday opposed formally codifying the right to same-sex marriage into federal law.\r\nRep. Tony Gonzales of San Antonio was the only Texas Republican to vote for the legislation. Rep. Brian Babin of Woodville did not vote.\r\nThe final vote was 267-157, with 47 Republicans joining all 220 Democrats in a rare show of bipartisanship. Republicans typically balk at many Democrat-led bills \u2014 particularly those pertaining to social issues.\r\nIt\u2019s unclear whether the bill has any chance to pass the Senate, where 10 Republican Senators would have to support the legislation. At least one Republican supports it: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is a sponsor of the legislation.\r\nThe bill effectively codifies into federal law the U.S. Supreme Court\u2019s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that prohibited same-sex marriage bans nationwide. The legislation would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 bill Democratic former President Bill Clinton signed into law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The bill would also require states to recognize same-sex marriages if they were valid in the state they were performed.\r\nThe vote is one of several that House Democrats have planned in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court\u2019s landmark and deeply polarizing decision last month to overturn Roe v. Wade, which established a constitutional right to abortion nearly 50 years ago. In that ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a concurring opinion that the court should consider reversing rulings that said it was unconstitutional for states to ban same-sex marriage, criminalize homosexuality and restrict access to contraception, alarming Democrats.\r\n\u201cI believe this law is key to rejecting the interpretation of Justice Clarence Thomas,\u201d Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, said on the House floor Tuesday morning. \u201cWe should not jeopardize someone\u2019s right to love who they want to love.\u201d\r\nTexas voters overwhelmingly voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2005, but several district court rulings had declared that unconstitutional. The state GOP has also condemned same-sex marriage in every one of its biennial platforms, and this year\u2019s platform included a plank that said \u201chomosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.\u201d U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said last week that the 2015 decision prohibiting same-sex marriage bans was \u201cclearly wrong\u201d and represented overreach by the nation\u2019s highest court.\r\nApproval of same-sex marriage keeps increasing in the U.S. A Gallup poll from May found 71% of Americans support same-sex marriage, an all-time high.\r\nSenate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, on Tuesday said it would be difficult for the Senate to have enough time to schedule votes on same-sex marriage and contraception rights. The Senate is slated to go on a four-week recess in August.\r\n\u201cWe have more priorities than we have time,\u201d Durbin told reporters on Tuesday.\r\nThis article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at texastribune.org\/2022\/07\/19\/congress-same-sex-marriage-texas.