“Love is love,” said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, D-Suwanee.
Every Georgia Republican voted against the bill — not interested in federal recognition for same-sex marriage.
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Greensboro, denounced the plan as yet another effort by Democrats “to impose their leftist agenda on the entire country.”
But while no one from Georgia broke ranks, Democrats caused a significant rift inside the GOP, as Republicans from 21 states voted for the marriage measure.
This bill would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman.
On the House floor, Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted the chief sponsor of that bill back then — then-U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia — was married three times.
“We don’t know which marriage he was defending,” Pelosi cracked.
1996 was a different time politically for Democrats, as President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law amid concerns that Democrats would be hurt that campaign year, already buffeted by controversy over efforts to allow gays to serve openly in the U.S. military.
Obviously, just because Democrats are trying to play offense in 2022 doesn’t mean they will succeed in passing any bills on marriage, abortion or contraception.
But they do force Republicans to confront issues that play differently in the suburbs where the GOP has struggled with women voters in recent elections.
Next week, House Democrats may try to force a vote on an assault weapons ban — a bill that certainly would face a GOP filibuster in the Senate.
But Democrats have clearly decided they need to shake up a 2022 midterm election campaign for Congress that right now favors Republicans.
Jamie Dupree has covered national politics and Congress from Washington since the Reagan administration. His column appears weekly in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For more, check out his Capitol Hill newsletter at http://jamiedupree.substack.com.