Todd Akin on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Oct 18, 2012

Summary

Congressman Akin believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. He supports a constitutional amendment to define marriage and has voted in favor of and co-sponsored such legislation.

Massachusetts and Marriage

In 2003 when the Massachusetts Supreme Court found that the state could not prevent same-sex marriage, Congressman Akin stated that the ruling undermined family government and is thus destructive of the foundational building block of American civilization. He asserted his concern that by judicial fiat, the courts would change a word whose meaning is foundational to the way our society is structured and that the standing of innumerable laws and contracts in all 50 states could be jeopardized.

Congressman Akin also stated that unless marriage is defined on a Federal level in a traditional, common sense way that is consistent with our heritage and the views of an overwhelming number of Americans, it will become increasingly difficult to shield state laws from such nonsensical, invasive and troublesome ruling.

A Constitutional Amendment

in 2004 when President Bush called for an amendment to define marriage, Congressman Akin stated that marriage is the foundation of any good society, and to alter this essential institution is to willingly erode the ground on which our nation stands. He noted his view that a federal marriage amendment is necessary to protect individual states from having the authority of their marriage laws usurped by activist judges.

When the amendment passed Congress, Akin stated that throughout history, the union of one man and one woman has been the bedrock of civilization and we must act now to prevent an activist judiciary from further weakening that foundation in our own nation. He also noted that the Constitution held that States should have authority to make all laws not explicitly in the purview of the federal government and the Tenth Amendment makes that clear. He added that it was in that spirit that a strong bipartisan majority of Congress voted to enact DOMA in the mid-1990s.

Marriage and Military Bases

In 2011, Congressman Akin sent a letter with 62 other Congressmen to the Secretary of the Navy, calling for the Navy to obey the law in regard to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The letter came in response to a recent Navy memo allowing for military bases and facilities to be used for same-sex marriage ceremonies as well as allowing Navy chaplains to perform same-sex marriages in their official capacity.

In 2012, Congressman Akin introduced the Military Marriage Act. This legislation stated that U.S. military bases may not be used to solemnize same-sex unions, nor may military chaplains perform these unions in the course of their official duties.

 

Massachusetts Court Imperils Marriage

In 2003, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting a recent ruling by a Massachusetts court that cleared the path for gay marriage put traditional marriage in peril.

 

Supreme Court Ruling

In February of 2004, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his opposition to a supreme court ruling that he said opened the door to gay marriage in the US.

 

Support for a Marriage Amendment

In February of 2004, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his support for an initiative by President Bush to create a national marriage amendment.

 

Passage of the Marriage Amendment

In July of 2004, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting the passage of the Marriage Protection Act and his support for that legislation.

 

Marriage Protection Amendment

In September of 2004, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor about his support for the Marriage Protection Amendment.

 

Protecting the Children

Again in September of 2004, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor and asked his colleagues to vote in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment in an effort to protect families and children.

 

Marriage Protection Amendment

In July of 2006, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor in support of the Marriage Protection Amendment.

 

Respect for Marriage in Naval Bases

In 2012, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting a letter that he and other congressmen had sent to the Secretary of the Navy that the DOMA law should be respeced on Naval Bases.

 

Military Marriage Act

In 2012, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting an amendment that he was supporting to require that DOMA be recognized on military bases.

 

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

In 2010, the House voted to overturn the policy of don't ask, don't tell. Todd Akin voted against repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Todd Akin voted against 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. Todd Akin voted in favor of the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

Todd Akin voted in favor of 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. Todd Akin voted in favor of the 2004 constitutional amendment attempt.

Todd Akin voted in favor of the 2004 constitutional amendment attempt.

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. Todd Akin voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act.

Todd Akin voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H J Res 37; Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage - Cosponsor

Requires marriage in the United States to consist only of a legal union of a man and a woman. Prohibits any federal or state court from having jurisdiction to determine whether the Constitution or any state constitution requires the legal incidents of marriage to be conferred upon any union other than a legal union between one man and one woman. Prohibits requiring any state to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state concerning a union between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage, or as having the legal incidents of marriage, under the laws of such other state.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1269; Marriage Protection Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the federal judicial code to deny federal courts jurisdiction to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution, of the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act declaring 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.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 2608; Marriage and DC - Cosponsor

Defines "marriage" for all legal purposes in the District of Columbia to mean the union of one man and one woman.

Session-111; Bill Number-H J Res 37; Constitutional Amendment - Marriage Definition - Cosponsor

Requires marriage in the United States to consist only of a legal union of a man and a woman. Prohibits any federal or state court from having jurisdiction to determine whether the Constitution or any state constitution requires the legal incidents of marriage to be conferred upon any union other than a legal union between one man and one woman. Prohibits requiring any state to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state concerning a union between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage, or as having the legal incidents of marriage, under the laws of such other state.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 724; Marriage Protection Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To amend title 28, United States Code, to limit Federal court jurisdiction over questions under the Defense of Marriage Act.

Session-110; Bill Number-H J Res 22; Constitutional Amendment - Marriage Definition - Cosponsor

Declares that marriage in the United States shall consist only of a legal union of a man and a woman. Prohibits any federal or state court from having jurisdiction to determine whether the U.S. Constitution or any state constitution requires the legal incidents of marriage to be conferred upon any union other than a legal union between one man and one woman.

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