47 Republicans Join Democrats House of Representatives Marriage Equality Bill

A total of 267 senators voted in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act, with all 157 Democrats and 47 Republicans in favor.  

Seven Republican senators did not cast ballots. 

It was reported on Tuesday (local time) that the US House of Representatives had passed a bill protecting marriage equality in the face of concerns that the Supreme Court might reverse its recognition of same-sex marriage. 

The Respect for Marriage Act was approved by a vote of 267 to 157, with 47 Republicans joining all Democrats in support of the legislation. 

Seven Republican senators did not cast ballots.  

The bill will now be voted on in the Senate, where its chances of passage are uncertain due to the chamber's near parity.  

The number of Republican votes needed to bring the bill to the floor is 10, and the Democrats hold 50 seats in the Senate.