Steil One Of 47 Republicans To Vote For Respect For Marriage Act

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to defend same-sex marriages.

Congressman Bryan Stiel of Janesville was among 47 Republicans voting for the Respect for Marriage Act. It removes the prohibition on same-sex marriage set forth in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, stipulating that any individual’s marriage is federally recognized if it’s legal in that person’s state.

Same-sex marriages in Wisconsin have been legally recognized since October 2014, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a ruling that had found Wisconsin’s amendment banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.