Kevin Brady on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Oct 25, 2010

Summary

Congressman Brady has expressed support for defining marriage as between one man and one woman. While in office, Congressman Brady voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act, and in favor of constitutional amendments to define marriage as between one man and one woman. He believes that states should have the right to define marriage how they choose and has sponsored legislation to keep the issue out of federal courts.

 

Marriage Protection Act

In July of 2004, Congressman Brady released a press statement noting his recent vote on the Protection of Marriage Act.

 

In September of 2004, Congressman Brady  released a press statement noting the failure of the Marriage Protection Amendment to receive the 2/3 votes necessary to pass.

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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

Kevin Brady 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. Kevin Brady voted in favor of the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

Kevin Brady 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. Kevin Brady voted in favor of the 2004 constitutional amendment attempt.

Kevin Brady 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. Kevin Brady voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act.

Kevin Brady 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 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.

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