Kenny Marchant on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Aug 02, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Traditional Marriage

Congressman Marchant believes that marriage is defined as the sacred union of one man and one woman. Unfortunately, unelected and unaccountable activist judges are trying to radically redefine marriage by judicial fiat. As a result, Congressman Marchant strongly supports legislation that strengthens and protects traditional marriage and pushes back against activist judges.

Each year he has served in Congress, Congressman Marchant has been recognized by Family Research Council with their “True Blue” award for his extraordinary leadership and commitment to pro-life and pro-family policies.

While serving in the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Marchant was honored as “Top Pro-Family Legislator of the Year” by the American Family Association for his consistent record of supporting pro-family legislation.

Congressman Marchant voted for H.J. Res. 88, which proposed an amendment to the Constitution providing that marriage in the United States consists only of the union of one man and one woman.
Congressman Marchant cosponsored H.J. Res. 54, which declares disapproval of the District of Columbia’s decision to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

 

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

In 2010, the House voted to overturn the policy of don't ask, don't tell. Kenny Marchant cast a "No Vote"

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. Kenny Marchant voted in favor of the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

Kenny Marchant voted in favor of the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

 

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 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 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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