Rep says no to gay marriage and attends his son’s gay wedding

FILE – U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson, of Butler, Pa., R-5th District, speaks during a legislative luncheon at the Manufacturer & Business Association in Erie, Pa. February 9, 2018. On Friday, July 22, 2022, Le Rep. Thompson attended his son’s same-sex wedding after voting against a law to protect the recognition of same-sex marriages three days earlier. The bill protecting recognition passed Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 267-157, with 47 Republicans — including three from Pennsylvania — joining all Democrats in supporting it. (Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-News via AP, file)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania representative attended his son’s same-sex wedding three days after voting against legislation to protect recognition of same-sex marriages.

Representative Glenn Thompson, a Republican who represents a large swath of conservative northern Pennsylvania, voted against the bill introduced by Democrats on the US House floor.

The vote came amid concerns that the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade on access to abortion does not compromise rights other than access to abortion, including the decision Obergefell v. Hodges of 2015, which established the right of same-sex couples to marry. at national scale.

The bill protecting recognition passed 267-157 on Tuesday, July 19, with 47 Republicans — including three from Pennsylvania — joining all Democrats in supporting it.

On Friday, Thompson attended her son’s same-sex wedding.

“The Congressman and Mrs. Thompson were thrilled to attend and celebrate their son’s wedding Friday night as he embarked on this new chapter in his life,” Thompson’s office said in a statement. “The Thompsons are very happy to welcome their new son-in-law to their family.”

Thompson’s press secretary also called the bill “nothing more than an election-year message blow to Democrats in Congress who have failed to tackle historic inflation and out of control prices at gas pumps and grocery stores”.

The bill would require federal and state governments to recognize same-sex marriages, but would not prevent a state from banning such marriages in the future.

In 2014, a federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, then the governor. Tom Corbett declined to appeal.

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