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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-SJR43 on Jun 25, 2008

Signature Legislation: amending Constitution to define traditional marriage
Source: Marriage Protection Amendment (S.J.RES.43)
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission by the Congress:<

Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.

Related bills: H.J.RES.22, H.J.RES.74, H.J.RES.89


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Question 3: Comfortable with same-sex marriage Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 08-SJR43

Sanford Bishop s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Travis Childers s2oMississippi Democrat (until 2010) 
Ralph Moody Hall s2oTexas Democrat 
Jim Marshall s2oGeorgia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Mike McIntyre s2oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Collin Peterson s2oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Mike Ross s2oArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
Gene Taylor s2oMississippi Democratic Challenger 



Republicans participating in 08-SJR43

Robert Aderholt s2oAlabama Republican 
Todd Akin s2oMissouri Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Rodney Alexander s2oLouisiana Republican 
Wayne Allard s2oCO Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Spencer Bachus s2oAlabama Republican 
Gresham Barrett s2oSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Roscoe Bartlett s2oMaryland Republican 
Joe Linus Barton s2oTexas Republican 
Brian Bilbray s2oCalifornia Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee Republican 
John Boozman s2oAR Republican Jr Senator 
Charles Boustany s2oLouisiana Republican 
Paul Broun s1iGA Republican Challenger 
Henry Brown s2oSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Sam Brownback s2oKS Republican Governor 
Richard Burr s2oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Dan Burton s2oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ken Calvert s2oCalifornia Republican 
Chris Cannon s2oUtah Republican 
Eric Cantor s2oVirginia Republican 
Steve Chabot s2oOhio Republican 
Saxby Chambliss s2oGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Tom Cole s2oOklahoma Republican 
Mike Conaway s2oTexas Republican 
Larry Craig s2oID Former Republican Senator (until 2008) 
Michael Crapo s2oID Republican Sr Senator 
Barbara Cubin s2oWyoming Republican (Retiring 2008) 
John Culberson s2oTexas Republican 
David Davis s2oTennessee Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Geoff Davis s2oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jim DeMint s2oSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Thelma Drake s2oVirginia Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jimmy Duncan s2oTennessee Republican 
Jo Ann Emerson s2oMissouri Republican (Resigned 2013) 
Michael Enzi s2oWY Republican Sr Senator 
Terry Everett s2oAlabama Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Mary Fallin s2oOK Republican Governor 
Randy Forbes s2oVirginia Republican 
Virginia Foxx s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Trent Franks s2oArizona Republican 
Scott Garrett s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Phil Gingrey s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Louie Gohmert s2oTexas Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s2oVirginia Republican 
Lindsey Graham s2oSC Republican Sr Senator 
Kay Granger s2oTexas Republican 
Samuel Graves s2oMissouri Republican 
Robin Hayes s2oNorth Carolina Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jeb Hensarling s2oTexas Republican 
Wally Herger s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Peter Hoekstra s2oMI Republican Challenger 
Kenny Hulshof s2oMissouri Republican (Governor 2008) 
Duncan Hunter s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
James Inhofe s2oOK Republican Sr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s2oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Sam Johnson s2oTexas Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Jim Jordan s2oOhio Republican 
Steve King s2oIowa Republican 
John Kline s2oMinnesota Republican 
Randy Kuhl s2oNew York Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jon Kyl s2oAZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Bob Latta s2oOhio Republican 
Ron Lewis s2oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Frank Dean Lucas s2oOklahoma Republican 
Dan Lungren s1iCalifornia Republican 
Donald Manzullo s2oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Kenny Marchant s2oTexas Republican 
Thad McCotter s2oMichigan Republican 
Patrick McHenry s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Gary Miller s2oCalifornia Republican 
Jeff Miller s2oFlorida Republican 
Marilyn Musgrave s2oColorado Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Randy Neugebauer s2oTexas Republican 
Charlie Norwood s2oGeorgia Republican 
Mike Pence s2oIN Republican Governor 
John Peterson s2oPennsylvania Republican (Retired 2008) 
Charles Pickering s2oMississippi Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Joseph Pitts s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Tom Price s2oGeorgia Republican 
Rick Renzi s2oArizona Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Pat Roberts s2oKS Republican Sr Senator 
Hal Rogers s2oKentucky Republican 
Michael Rogers s2oAlabama Republican 
Dana Rohrabacher s2oCalifornia Republican 
Bill Sali s2oIdaho Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Steve Scalise s2oLA Republican challenger 
Jean Schmidt s2oOhio Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Pete Sessions s2oTexas Republican 
Richard Shelby s2oAL Republican Jr Senator 
John Shimkus s2oIllinois Republican 
Bill Shuster s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Christopher Smith s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Lamar Smith s2oTexas Republican 
Mark Souder s2oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
John Sullivan s2oOklahoma Republican 
John Thune s2oSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Todd Tiahrt s2oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
David Vitter s2oLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Tim Walberg s2oMichigan Republican 
Zach Wamp s2oTennessee Republican (until 2010) 
Lynn Westmoreland s2oGeorgia Republican 
Ed Whitfield s2oKentucky Republican 
Roger Wicker s1iMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 
Robert Wittman s2oVirginia Republican 



Independents participating in 08-SJR43

Elizabeth Dole s2oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
Tom Feeney s2oFlorida Former GOP 
Luis Fortuno s2oPuerto Rico At-Large (retired 2008) 
Virgil Goode s2oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 
John Linder s2oGeorgia Former GOP (until 2010) 
George Radanovich s2oCalifornia Former GOP (until 2010) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 105
Independents: 6


















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