Paul Ryan on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Aug 11, 2012

Summary

Congressman Ryan supports the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. While in office, he has voted in favor of the Marriage protection act, twice in favor of an amendment to the Constitution to define marriage, and against the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

In 2004, Congressman Ryan released a press statement noting his support for legislation to prevent federal judges from over-ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. He noted his view that marriage was fundamentally between a man and a woman, and that while he supported an amendment to define marriage, inaction in the Senate was making this an unrealistic goal. He asserted that states should have the right to define marriage as they see fit and that no judge in one state should be able to force the definition of marriage on another state.

In a later statement noting his support for an amendment to the Constitution to define marriage, Congressman Ryan asserts that marriage is not simply a legal arrangement between individuals, but an integral part of our civil society. He notes that its significance goes well beyond eligibility for benefits and similar considerations and it should not be decided by judges, but by the people.

 

Federal Courts and DOMA

In July of 2004, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his support for recent legislation to prevent federal judges from striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

 

Support for the Marriage Protection Amendment

In September of 2004, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his support for an amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the 2006 constitutional amendment attempt.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the 2004 constitutional amendment attempt.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act.

Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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