Sam Johnson on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Aug 09, 2010

Summary

Congressman Johnson states that he believes in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. He has voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Marriage Protection Act, and Constitutional Amendments to define marriage. He has also advocated for this position.

 

Don't Mess with Marriage

In September of 2004, Congressman Johnson's office released a press statement containing an article with several quotes from the Congressman affirming his recent vote in favor of a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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

Sam Johnson 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. Sam Johnson 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. Sam Johnson voted in favor of the 2004 constitutional amendment attempt.

Sam Johnson 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. Sam Johnson voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act.

Sam Johnson voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act.

Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act Amends the Federal judicial code to provide that no State, territory, or possession of the United States or Indian tribe shall be required to give effect to any marriage between persons of the same sex under the laws of any other such jurisdiction or to any right or claim arising from such relationship. Establishes a Federal definition of: (1) "marriage" as only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife; and (2) "spouse" as only a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife. The bill passed the house on roll call 316 in 1996 and eventually became US law. Sam Johnson voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Sam Johnson voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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.

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