Jim DeMint on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Dec 14, 2010

Summary

Senator DeMint believes that marriage is defined as a union between one man and one woman. He has stated that marriage is the cornerstone to building strong families and communities, and must be protected. He states that for this reason, he has consistently supported an amendment to the United States Constitution declaring marriage shall only consist of a legal union between a man and a woman. Senator DeMint supported the Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 

In 2006, Senator DeMint called for action to pass an amendment protecting marriage and states that marriage is America’s most important institution, and we cannot allow activist judges to force their personal views on American families that overwhelmingly support traditional marriage. He stated that the federal government has done much to diminish marriage through misguided social programs and court rulings, and that a constitutional amendment was the only way to protect marriage for our children and our future.

In 2008, Senator DeMint responded to a California judicial ruling which overturned a ban on gay marriage by stating that the decision was the latest in a series of attacks on the sanctity of marriage in this country, and that we cannot allow activist judges to force their liberal views on American families that overwhelmingly support marriage between one man and one woman. He pledged to only support judges that respected the law in this matter. When a similar California proposition was overturned by a judge in 2010, Senator DeMint stated that it was another attempt to impose a secular immorality on the American people who keep voting to preserve traditional marriage.

 

Press Statement - Marriage Protection Amendment

In June of 2006, Senator DeMint released a press statement noting his support for marriage protection amendment. He stated that the federal government has done much to diminish marriage through social programs.

 

Press Statement - California Ruling

In May of 2008, Senator DeMint released a press statement noting his discontent with a recent California court which overturned a ban on gay marriage.

 

2010 Re-Election Website Statements

 

Press Statement - California Prop 8 Ruling

In August of 2010, Senator DeMint issued a press statement noting his opposition to a California ruling that overturned the will of the people to rule out gay marriage.

 

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

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

 

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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