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17-S0029 on Jan 6, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: Respect for Marriage Act
Source: S.29 & H.197
Congressional Summary: Amends the Defense of Marriage Act to let states recognize same sex marriage. Defines "marriage" to provide that an individual shall be considered married if that individual's marriage is valid in the state or country where the marriage was entered into. Removes the definition of "spouse" (currently, a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife).

Wikipedia and GLAAD history: In United States v. Windsor (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) struck down the act's provisions disallowing same-sex marriages to be performed under federal jurisdiction. The Supreme Court case did not challenge Section 2 of DOMA. Section 2 declares that all states have the right to deny recognition of the marriage of same sex couples that originated in states where they are legally recognized.

Heritage Foundation recommendation to vote NO: (3/20/2013): Americans respect marriage, not only as a crucial institution of civil society but the fundamental building block of all human civilization. This is why 41 states and the federal government affirm that marriage is between a man and a woman. The government isn't in the business of affirming our loves. Rather it leaves consenting adults free to live and love as they choose. And contrary to what some say, there is no ban on same-sex marriage. In all 50 states, two people of the same sex may choose to live together, and choose to join a religious community that blesses their relationship. What's at issue is whether the government will recognize such relationships as marriages--and compel others to recognize and affirm same-sex relationships as marriages.

Legislative outcome: Died in Committee (never came to a vote). Also see related legislation H.197 and opposing legislation H.5055


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Question 3: Comfortable with same-sex marriage Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Let states recognize same sex marriage (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill to let states recognize same sex marriage (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 7.
  • Headline: Let states recognize same sex marriage (Answer: B)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill to let states recognize same sex marriage (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 7 on Social Issues: When you think about the rights of same-sex couples, which of the following is closest to your personal opinion?
    • A: Same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union
    • B: Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not to marry in the traditional sense
    • C: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally, with all the same rights as traditional marriages
    • D: Unsure


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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 17-S0029

Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic ChallengerJan 6, 2015
Michael Bennet s1sCO Democratic candidate for President; Colorado SenatorJan 6, 2015
Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016)Jan 6, 2015
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Benjamin Cardin s1sMaryland DemocratJan 6, 2015
Chris Coons s1sDE Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Joe Donnelly s1sIN Democratic ChallengerJan 8, 2015
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Dianne Feinstein s2pCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator (resigned 2017)Jan 6, 2015
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York DemocratJan 6, 2015
Martin Heinrich s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jan 6, 2015
Heidi Heitkamp s1sND Democratic ChallengerJan 8, 2015
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jan 6, 2015
Tim Kaine s1sVA Democratic ChallengerJan 6, 2015
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Claire McCaskill s1sMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorJan 6, 2015
Robert Menendez s1sNew Jersey DemocratJan 6, 2015
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016)Jan 6, 2015
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Bill Nelson s1sFL Democratic Sr SenatorJan 7, 2015
Gary Peters s1sMI Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Harry Reid s1sNV Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016)Jan 6, 2015
Bernie Sanders s1sPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateJan 6, 2015
Brian Schatz s1sHI Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Jeanne Shaheen s1sNH Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Jon Tester s1sMT Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Tom Udall s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008)Jan 6, 2015
Mark Warner s1sVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously GovernorJan 6, 2015
Elizabeth Warren s1sMA Democratic ChallengerJan 6, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2015
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2015



Republicans participating in 17-S0029



Independents participating in 17-S0029

Angus King s1sME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)Jan 6, 2015



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 40
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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