TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The House of Representatives passed the Respect for Marriage Act Dec. 8th, with bipartisan support.

The final vote was 258-169 with one member voting present. Thirty-nine Republicans crossed the aisle to vote in favor of the bill. H.R. 8404, as it’s officially known will codify federal protection for marriages of same-sex and interracial couples across the country.

The President has also said he will sign the bill into law.

Back here in the valley we visited the Terre Haute Pride Center Thursday evening to speak with community members and hear on their thoughts after this latest bill.

Program coordinator for the Terre Haute Pride Center Alora Hodgins said raising awareness and voting are some of the most important things you can do.

“I meet such amazing people everyday and whether that be people in the LGBTQ community, family of LGBTQ community. Good people who deserve nothing less than to have the exact same rights as everybody else,” Hodgins said. “If you are of age to make your opinion known, please do that. Um, because it is our responsibility as community members.”

Organizers of the Pride Center offer resources to anyone who might have questions or concerns, you can reach out to them on their Facebook page at Pride Center of Terre Haute Inc.