Louie Gohmert on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Aug 08, 2010

Summary

Congressman Gohmert has stated that he supports the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. He supports and has voted for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as such.

 

Support for traditional marriage

In a July 2006 press statement, Congressman Gohmert expressed his support for the Defense of Marriage Act.

Today’s vote shows that our nation recognizes the importance of preserving our tradition of marriage. Passing a constitutional amendment is a daunting task, but protecting the socially indispensable institution of marriage requires it. I am extremely concerned about how activists use the courts to legislate on something that has been a settled issue in American law for more than 200 years. Also, there is a vast amount of evidence proving this union is by far the best environment for raising children and that a large majority of Americans want it protected from activist judges. It is a shame that judges have legislated their own morals which now has made this action necessary. If this is not eventually passed, then at some point a state will likely be forced to accept a Massachusetts marriage that it has no desire to accept under the Constitution's ‘full faith and credit’ requirement.

If the voters will send a few more members of Congress who believe in the traditional institution of marriage, we may get it passed next time.

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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

Louie Gohmert 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. Louie Gohmert voted in favor of the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

Louie Gohmert voted in favor of the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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-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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