Olympia Snowe on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Jan 31, 2011

Summary

Senator Snowe has not commented on her support for gay marriage. In 1996, she voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act. In 2004 and 2006, she voted against a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man 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. Olympia Snowe voted against the 2006 amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Olympia Snowe 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. Olympia Snowe voted against the 2004 amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman.

Olympia Snowe voted against 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. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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