LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A historic decision was made by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, signing The Respect for Marriage Act which federally protects same-sex marriages. The House Vote was 258 to 169, including all Democrats and 39 Republicans voting in favor.

Now the bill is on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk, awaiting his signature.

In Kentucky, the LGBTQ Community said the bill’s signing felt like an extra safety measure, especially if the Supreme Court were to ever overturn Obergefell vs. Hodges, passed in 2015 guaranteeing same-sex marriage as a fundamental right.

The Respect for Marriage Act repeals a 1996 federal law called, The Defense of Marriage Act, banning same-sex marriages at the state level, including Kentucky’s.

Chris Harman, executive director at the Fairness Campaign in Louisville said, “Kentucky’s Constitution still says today that marriage is between one man and one woman. That is written in Kentucky’s Constitution til this day.’ If the SC overturns its ruling, Kentucky will stop issuing same-sex marriages to same-sex couples.”

Carmen Collins, executive director at Lexington’s Pride Center said she’s relieved to hear the new Thursday and how it will continue to protect what she and her wife waited more than 20 years to attain until they were able to legally marry in 2015.

“There are certain protections, certain legitimacy to have our family’s recognized marriage as everyone else did, as far as taxes, financials, inheritance, protection for our children, we have two boys,” Collins said.

Meanwhile, some faith-based organizations grew concerned about their religious freedoms being targeted.

David Walls with The Family Foundation has been fighting for faith-based organizations to be able to operate according to their beliefs and protect their money.

“The reality of the foster and adoption care has already hit very close to home here in Kentucky,” Walls said. “Now that we have a federal law that essentially imposes that regime and is designed to be a club to go after it, I think faith-based agencies are looking at serious threats to their ability to continue to operate. We’ve already seen the left say they want to go after the IRS status, the tax-exempt status of Christian charity organizations and schools, and this bill is designed to start that along with the process.”

Concerns are not just for the opposing side.

Hartman points out that while the bill poses equity nationwide, there will still be some gray areas at the state level.

“In particular, allow for broad exemptions for any number of businesses to deny same-sex couples seeking a wedding cake, a wedding venue,” Hartman said. “This is where the respect for marriage act does not go far enough.”