John Cornyn on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Nov 08, 2010

Summary

Senator Cornyn supports the traditional definition of a marriage as between one man and one woman. He supports legal action and a constitutional amendment to define marriage. In 2003, he issued a call to protect marriage and stated that Americans instinctively understand that the institution of marriage is worthy of protection. In 2004, when the Supreme Court of Massachusetts ruled the states must provide for same-sex marriages, Senator Cornyn called the ruling baffling and a startling display of judicial activism. He has expressed a great deal of support for an amendment to the Constitution to define marriage and was critical of rulings holding that marriage did not meet the requirements of an amendment. He stated that judges themselves were amending the constitution through interpretation.

 

Call to Protect Marriage

In September of 2003, Senator Cornyn released a press statement calling for action in congress to address a recent supreme court ruling that marriage did not meet the requirements for a constitutional amendment. He released a similar statement days later.

 

Court Ruling Baffling

In February of 2004, Senator Cornyn released a press statement where he called the recent court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act "baffling".

That same month, Senator Cornyn released another statement noting his support for remarks made by President Bush.

 

Support for a Federal Marriage Amendment

In May of 2004, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting his belief that a federal marriage amendment should be the next step in the gay marriage debate.

 

Constitutional Amendment

In June of 2006, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting his support for a federal marriage protection amendment.

 

Official Website Statements

 

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

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

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

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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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