Ted Poe on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Oct 25, 2010

Summary

Congressman Poe has co-sponsored an amendment to declare marriage as between one man and one woman.

 

Co-Sponsored Legislation

H.J. Res. 88 – The Marriage Protection Amendment

Declares that: (1) marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman; and (2) neither the U.S. Constitution nor the constitution of any state shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon any other union.

The resolution failed to meet the 2/3 requirement for a constitutional amendment but did garner a majority of the House. The vote was 236-187 with Congressman Poe voting in favor.

 

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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

Ted Poe 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. Ted Poe voted in favor of the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

Ted Poe voted in favor of the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1269; Marriage Protection Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the federal judicial code to deny federal courts jurisdiction to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution, of the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act declaring 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.

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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