This week, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted to approve a bill that would codify federal protections for same-sex marriage. Democrats are concerned that the conservative Supreme Court majority may one day target same-sex marriage. The chair of the House Judiciary Committee and Democrat from New York, Jerry Nadler, introduced the legislation, which is referred to as the Respect for Marriage Act. The law offers government safeguards for interracial weddings as well as defending the right to same-sex marriage nationally. According to the legislation, a marriage must be recognized by the federal government if it was permitted in the state where it took place.