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US House Passes Respect for Marriage Act

STEFANI REYNOLDSThe U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington on July 18.

In the July 19 vote, Democrats in favor of the bill were joined by 74 Republicans. The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage federally as the union of a man and a woman and permitted states not to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in other states.