James Oberstar on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : May 06, 2010

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

In 2010, the House voted to overturn the policy of don't ask, don't tell. James Oberstar voted in favor of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

James Oberstar voted in favor of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Constitutional Amendment

In 2006 and 2004, the House voted on adding a constitutional amendment to establish that marriage shall consist of one man and one woman. It sought to ensure that no measure enacted in one state could be enforced in another state. The measures failed in both 2006 and 2004 with the support of most Republicans and the opposition of most Democrats. James Oberstar voted against the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

James Oberstar voted against the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

Constitutional Amendment

In 2006 and 2004, the House voted on adding a constitutional amendment to establish that marriage shall consist of one man and one woman. It sought to ensure that no measure enacted in one state could be enforced in another state. The measures failed in both 2006 and 2004 with the support of most Republicans and the opposition of most Democrats. James Oberstar cast a "No Vote"

Marriage Protection Act of 2004

The Marriage Protection Act of 2004 sought to ensure that no State shall be required to give effect to any marriage between persons of the same sex under the laws of any other State. Although the bill passed the house in roll call 410, it was not voted on in the US Senate. James Oberstar voted against the Marriage Protection Act.

James Oberstar voted against the Marriage Protection Act.

Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act Amends the Federal judicial code to provide that no State, territory, or possession of the United States or Indian tribe shall be required to give effect to any marriage between persons of the same sex under the laws of any other such jurisdiction or to any right or claim arising from such relationship. Establishes a Federal definition of: (1) "marriage" as only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife; and (2) "spouse" as only a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife. The bill passed the house on roll call 316 in 1996 and eventually became US law. James Oberstar voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

James Oberstar voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1283; Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

To amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance the readiness of the Armed Forces by replacing the current policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, referred to as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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