The Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages in 2015, but Democrats called for a codification of the policy in the wake of the court's ruling. Justice Clarence Thomas was in favor of reconsidering the court's earlier ruling.
The Defense of Marriage Act was passed in 1996 and defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. It would require states to recognize same-sex marriages if they were valid in the state in which they took place.
The majority of Republicans who voted to approve the bill were from the younger ranks of the party. The chair of the House Freedom Caucus and Rep. Liz Cheney were also notable yeses.
Gay couples have more power if they want to be like straight couples. Nancy Mace said she had tried it more than once after the vote.
The Senate is not certain if it will take up the legislation. With the Senate set to go on an extended recess in two weeks and two huge party priorities to finish before then, it is questionable if there is enough time on the calendar to put it on the floor.
Chuck Schumer wouldn't say if there would be a floor vote, but he did say that they would look at everything they could do.
In the last few years, attitudes towards same-sex marriage have changed a lot. The Republicans moved away from their opposition to same-sex marriage. A record number of people in the US are in favor of gay marriage.
This report was contributed to by a person.