Bill Nelson on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Oct 16, 2012

Summary

Senator Nelson has not been vocal on the subject of marriage. While in office, he has co-sponsored legislation to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, and he twice voted against a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one mand and one woman.

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. Bill Nelson voted against the 2006 amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Bill Nelson voted against 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. Bill Nelson voted against the 2004 amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman.

Bill Nelson voted against the 2004 amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 4023; Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Provides for repeal of the current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, to be effective 60 days after the Secretary of Defense has received DOD's comprehensive review on the implementation of such repeal, and the President, Secretary, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) certify to the congressional defense committees that they have considered the report and proposed plan of action, that DOD has prepared the necessary policies and regulations to exercise the discretion provided by such repeal, and that implementation of such policies and regulations is consistent with the standards of military readiness and effectiveness, unit cohesion, and military recruiting and retention. Provides that, until such time as the above conditions are met, the current policy shall remain in effect.

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