Richard Shelby on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Jul 07, 2010

Summary

Senator Shelby has voted to define marriage as between one man and one woman and has vocalized those sentiments on the senate floor.

 

Floor Statements - 6/7/2006

On June 7, 2006 Senator Shelby made a speech on the Senate floor in support of a vote he had just taken to add a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.  Below is a transcript of those remarks.

 

Voting Record

2006 Constitutional Amendment

In 2006 the Senate voted on adding a constitutional amendment which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and ensured to no state would be capable of conferring marital status on a union other than a man or a woman. Richard Shelby voted in favor of the 2006 amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Richard Shelby voted in favor of the 2006 amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

2004 Constitutional Amendment

In 2004 the Senate voted on adding a constitutional amendment which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and ensured to no state would be capable of conferring marital status on a union other than a man or a woman. Richard Shelby voted in favor of the 2004 amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman.

Richard Shelby voted in favor of the 2004 amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman.

Defense of Marriage Act

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act passed the Senate with the support of 100% of the Republicans and roughly 2/3 of the Democrats. The bill defined marriage as a union between 1 man and 1 woman, and stated that no jurisdiction would be required to honor the marriage betweeen two men or two women which was granted in another jurisdiction. Richard Shelby voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Richard Shelby voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S J Res 43; Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage - Cosponsor

Constitutional Amendment - 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.

Session-110; Bill Number-S J Res 43; Marriage Protection Amendment - Cosponsor

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.

Session-109; Bill Number-S J Res 1; Constitutional Amendment - Marriage Protection Amendment - Cosponsor

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.

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