Paul Hodes on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Sep 28, 2010


Congressman Hodes states that he supports marriage equality for same-sex couples. He states that he supports the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.


Campaign Website Statements

Supports marriage equality.
Paul celebrated the enactment of New Hampshire’s marriage equality law. In 2009, Paul cheered the passage of legislation allowing marriage equality in New Hampshire: “I am pleased with the result reached by our Legislature and Governor. This legislation will ensure that all Granite-Staters have equal rights under the law.” Paul continued, “This law is consistent with the spirit of New Hampshire expressed in our state motto, ‘Live Free or Die.’”

Will push to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Paul is a leader in the fight to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which places a federal ban on gay marriage: “I'm unequivocal about my stand on repealing the Defense of Marriage Act. We all come from the same place. It's time to put an end to discrimination in this country.”

Will push to repeal the policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).
Paul supports the repeal of the outmoded and unjust Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy. The policy has unjustly led to the discharge of approximately 13,000 service members since it was implemented in 1993. At a time when our nation has been engaged in multiple wars, no qualified individual should be forced to leave the military for revealing their identity. Paul believes our military will be made stronger by allowing men and women to serve their country freely and openly.

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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

Paul Hodes voted in favor of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 3567; Respect for Marriage Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Defense of Marriage Act to repeal provisions allowing states, territories, possessions of the United States, or Indian tribes to give no effect to a public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other such entity respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under that entity's laws or a right or claim arising from such relationship. Amends the federal rules of construction added by such Act concerning the definitions of "marriage" and "spouse" to provide that, for purposes of any federal law in which marital status is a factor, an individual shall be considered married if that individual's marriage is valid in the state where the marriage was entered into or, in the case of a marriage entered into outside any state, if the marriage is valid in the place where entered into and the marriage could have been entered into in a state.

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