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17-H0197 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 S.29 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


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 17-H0197

Pete Aguilar s1sCalifornia Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
Brad Ashford s1sNebraska Democratic House MemberFeb 24, 2015
Karen Bass s1sCalifornia DemocratJun 15, 2015
Joyce Beatty s1sOhio DemocratFeb 5, 2015
Xavier Becerra s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Ami Bera s1sCalifornia DemocratJun 23, 2015
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon DemocratJan 7, 2015
Suzanne Bonamici s1sOregon DemocratJan 7, 2015
Robert Brady s1sPennsylvania DemocratJun 15, 2015
Julia Brownley s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Cheri Bustos s1sIllinois DemocratFeb 5, 2015
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 7, 2015
Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009)Jan 7, 2015
Tony Cardenas s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Matt Cartwright s1sPennsylvania DemocratJan 7, 2015
Kathy Castor s1sFlorida DemocratJan 14, 2015
Judy Chu s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
David Cicilline s1sRhode Island DemocratJan 7, 2015
Katherine Clark s1sMassachusetts DemocratJan 7, 2015
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York DemocratJan 7, 2015
James Clyburn s1sSouth Carolina DemocratJan 7, 2015
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee DemocratJan 7, 2015
Bonnie Watson Coleman s1sNew Jersey Democratic House MemberJun 15, 2015
Gerry Connolly s1sVirginia DemocratJan 7, 2015
John Conyers s1sMichigan DemocratJan 7, 2015
Jim Cooper s1sTennessee DemocratJan 7, 2015
Joe Courtney s1sConnecticut DemocratJan 7, 2015
Joseph Crowley s1sNew York DemocratJan 7, 2015
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland DemocratJan 7, 2015
Susan Davis s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Peter Defazio s1sOregon DemocratJan 7, 2015
Diana DeGette s1sColorado DemocratJan 7, 2015
John Delaney s1sMaryland DemocratJan 7, 2015
Rosa DeLauro s1sConnecticut DemocratJan 7, 2015
Suzan DelBene s1sWashington DemocratJan 7, 2015
Mark DeSaulnier s1sCalifornia Democratic House MemberFeb 5, 2015
Ted Deutch s1sFlorida DemocratJan 7, 2015
Lloyd Doggett s1sTexas DemocratJan 7, 2015
Tammy Duckworth s1sIL Democratic Senate candidateJan 14, 2015
Donna Edwards s1sMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Jun 15, 2015
Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota DemocratJan 7, 2015
Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/LiberalJan 14, 2015
Anna Eshoo s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Elizabeth Esty s1sConnecticut DemocratJan 7, 2015
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Bill Foster s1sIllinois DemocratJan 7, 2015
Lois Frankel s1sFlorida DemocratJan 7, 2015
Marcia Fudge s1sOhio DemocratJun 15, 2015
Tulsi Gabbard s1sHawaii DemocratJan 7, 2015
Ruben Gallego s1sArizona Democratic House MemberJan 7, 2015
Gwen Graham s1sFL Democratic candidate for GovernorNov 14, 2016
Alan Grayson s1sFL Democratic Senate candidateJan 8, 2015
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona DemocratJan 7, 2015
Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois DemocratJan 8, 2015
Janice Hahn s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 7, 2015
Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida DemocratJan 7, 2015
Denny Heck s1sWashington DemocratFeb 10, 2015
Brian Higgins s1sNew York DemocratJan 7, 2015
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Steny Hoyer s1sMaryland DemocratJan 7, 2015
Jared Huffman s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Steve Israel s1sNew York DemocratJan 7, 2015
Hakeem Jeffries s1sNew York DemocratJan 14, 2015
Hank Johnson s1sGeorgia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Joe Kennedy III s1sMA Democratic Senate challengerJan 7, 2015
Dan Kildee s1sMichigan DemocratJan 7, 2015
Derek Kilmer s1sWashington DemocratJan 7, 2015
Ron Kind s1sWI Former Democratic challenger (2012)May 1, 2015
Ann Kirkpatrick s1sArizona DemocratFeb 24, 2015
Annie Kuster s1sNew Hampshire DemocratJan 7, 2015
James Langevin s1sRhode Island DemocratJan 7, 2015
Rick Larsen s1sWashington DemocratFeb 2, 2015
John Larson s1sConnecticut DemocratFeb 5, 2015
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Sander Levin s1sMichigan DemocratJan 8, 2015
John Lewis s1sGeorgia DemocratJan 7, 2015
David Loebsack s1sIowa DemocratJan 7, 2015
Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Alan Lowenthal s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Nita Lowey s1sNew York DemocratJan 7, 2015
Ben Ray Lujan s1sNew Mexico DemocratJan 21, 2015
Steve Lynch s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013)Jan 7, 2015
Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/LiberalJan 7, 2015
Sean Maloney s1sNew York DemocratJan 7, 2015
Doris Matsui s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 8, 2015
Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota DemocratJan 7, 2015
Jim McDermott s1sWashington DemocratJan 14, 2015
Gregory Meeks s1sNew York Dem./Working-FamiliesJan 7, 2015
Grace Meng s1sNew York DemocratJan 7, 2015
Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin DemocratJan 7, 2015
Patrick Murphy s1sFL Democratic Senate candidateJan 7, 2015
Jerrold Nadler s2pNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s1sCalifornia DemocratFeb 2, 2015
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Beto O`Rourke s1sTexas DemocratJun 16, 2015
Frank Pallone s1sNew Jersey DemocratJan 7, 2015
Bill Pascrell s1sNew Jersey DemocratFeb 2, 2015
Nancy Pelosi s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Ed Perlmutter s1sCO Democratic candidate for GovernorJan 7, 2015
Scott Peters s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Chellie Pingree s1sMaine DemocratJan 7, 2015
Mark Pocan s1sWisconsin DemocratJan 7, 2015
Jared Polis s1sCO Democratic candidate for Colorado GovernorJan 7, 2015
David Eugene Price s1sNorth Carolina DemocratJan 14, 2015
Mike Quigley s1sIllinois DemocratJan 7, 2015
Charles Rangel s1sNew York Dem./Lib. (retiring 2016)Jan 7, 2015
Kathleen Rice s1sNew York Democratic House MemberJun 15, 2015
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Raul Ruiz s1sCalifornia DemocratFeb 25, 2015
Dutch Ruppersberger s1sMaryland DemocratJan 14, 2015
Bobby Rush s1sIllinois DemocratJan 14, 2015
Tim Ryan s1sOH Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from OH-13Jan 14, 2015
Linda Sanchez s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Loretta Sanchez s1sCA Democratic Senate candidateFeb 5, 2015
John Sarbanes s1sMaryland DemocratJan 7, 2015
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois DemocratJan 7, 2015
Adam Schiff s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Kurt Schrader s1sOregon DemocratJan 7, 2015
Bobby Scott s1sVirginia DemocratJan 7, 2015
David Scott s1sGeorgia DemocratJan 8, 2015
Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/LiberalJan 7, 2015
Brad Sherman s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Kyrsten Sinema s1sArizona DemocratJan 7, 2015
David Adam Smith s1sWashington DemocratJan 7, 2015
Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Mark Takano s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Mike Thompson s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Dina Titus s1sNevada DemocratJan 7, 2015
Paul Tonko s1sNew York DemocratJan 7, 2015
Niki Tsongas s1sMassachusetts DemocratJan 7, 2015
Chris Van Hollen s1sMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 7, 2015
Juan Vargas s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2015
Marc Veasey s1sTexas DemocratJan 7, 2015
Nydia Velazquez s1sNew York Democrat/Working-FamiliesJan 7, 2015
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1sFlorida DemocratJan 7, 2015
Peter Welch s1sVermont DemocratJan 7, 2015
Frederica Wilson s1sFlorida DemocratJan 7, 2015
John Yarmuth s1sKentucky DemocratJan 7, 2015



Republicans participating in 17-H0197

Carlos Curbelo s1sFlorida Republican House MemberFeb 2, 2015
Bob Dold s1sIllinois Republican House MemberFeb 2, 2015
Richard Hanna s1sNew York RepublicanJan 7, 2015
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s1sFlorida RepublicanJan 7, 2015



Independents participating in 17-H0197

Madeleine Bordallo s1sGuam DelegateJan 8, 2015
Eric Swalwell s1sCA Presidential candidate (withdrawn); U.S. Rep from CA-15Jan 7, 2015



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 138
Republicans: 4
Independents: 2


















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