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14-H3829 on Jan 9, 2014

Bill Sponsorship: State Marriage Defense Act
Source: H.R.3829 & S. 2024
Congressional summary::Prohibits any interpretation of US administrative agencies, as applied with respect to individuals domiciled in a state of the United States:
  1. the term "marriage" from including any relationship that the state does not recognize as a marriage; and
  2. the term "spouse" from including an individual who is a party to a relationship that is not recognized as a marriage by that state.

Opponent's argument against (CNN.com Feb. 8 report on Attorney General Eric Holder's action which prompted this bill): In a major milestone for gay rights, the US government expanded recognition of same-sex marriages in federal legal matters, including bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits. "It is the Justice Department's policy to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible, to ensure equal treatment for all members of society regardless of sexual orientation," Attorney General Eric Holder said. The federal expansion includes 34 states where same-sex marriage isn't legal. For example, a same-sex couple legally married in Massachusetts can now have a federal bankruptcy proceeding recognized in Alabama, even though it doesn't allow same-sex marriages.

Proponent's argument in favor (Washington Post Feb. 13 reporting on Sen. Ted Cruz): If passed, the bill would cede marriage definition to states for federal purposes, which would effectively reverse the gains same-sex couples made after the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013. Cruz said, "I support traditional marriage. The federal government has tried to re-define marriage, and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its citizens. The Obama Administration should not be trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states."

Also see the related Senate bill S. 2024.


    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: State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored state definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 7.
  • Headline: State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage (Answer: A)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored state definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 7 on Social Issues: When you think about the rights of same-sex couples, which of the following is closest to your personal opinion?
    • A: Same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union
    • B: Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not to marry in the traditional sense
    • C: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally, with all the same rights as traditional marriages
    • D: Unsure


  • 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 14-H3829

Ralph Moody Hall s1oTexas Democrat until 2004; now GOPJan 9, 2014
Mike McIntyre s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2014)Jan 15, 2014



Republicans participating in 14-H3829

Michele Bachmann s1oMinnesota Republican (retiring 2014)Jan 9, 2014
Rob Bishop s1oUtah RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Jim Bridenstine s1oOklahoma RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Paul Broun s1oGA Republican ChallengerFeb 4, 2014
Ken Calvert s1oCalifornia RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
John Carter s1oTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Doug Collins s1oGeorgia RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Kevin Cramer s1oNorth Dakota RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Rick Crawford s1oArkansas RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
John Culberson s1oTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Steve Daines s1oMontana Republican (Senate run 2014)Jan 15, 2014
Scott DesJarlais s1oTennessee RepublicanJan 15, 2014
Jeff Duncan s1oSouth Carolina RepublicanFeb 26, 2014
Stephen Fincher s1oTennessee RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Chuck Fleischmann s1oTennessee RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
John Fleming s1oLA Republican Senate candidateJan 9, 2014
Bill Flores s1oTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Randy Forbes s1oVirginia RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Trent Franks s1oArizona RepublicanMar 6, 2014
Phil Gingrey s1oGA Republican ChallengerMar 6, 2014
Louie Gohmert s1oTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Paul Gosar s1oArizona RepublicanFeb 26, 2014
Kay Granger s1oTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Andy Harris s1oMaryland RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Tim Huelskamp s1oKansas RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Bill Johnson s1oOhio RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Sam Johnson s1oTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Jim Jordan s1oOhio RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Mike Kelly s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Steve King s1oIowa RepublicanJun 25, 2014
Jack Kingston s1oGA Republican ChallengerFeb 26, 2014
Doug LaMalfa s1oCalifornia RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Doug Lamborn s1oColorado RepublicanJan 16, 2014
James Lankford s1oOK Republican Senate challengerJan 9, 2014
Bob Latta s1oOhio RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Cynthia Lummis s1oWyoming RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Kenny Marchant s1oTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Thomas Massie s1oKentucky RepublicanJan 15, 2014
Michael McCaul s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Tom McClintock s1oCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003)Jan 15, 2014
Jeff Miller s1oFlorida RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Markwayne Mullin s1oOklahoma RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Randy Neugebauer s1oTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Alan Nunnelee s1oMississippi Republican (deceased 2015)Feb 4, 2014
Pete Olson s1oTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Steven Palazzo s1oMississippi RepublicanJan 15, 2014
Steve Pearce s1oNew Mexico RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Robert Pittenger s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Joseph Pitts s1oPennsylvania RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Mike Pompeo s1oKansas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Tom Rice s1oSouth Carolina RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Keith Rothfus s1oPennsylvania RepublicanApr 1, 2014
Steve Scalise s1oLA Republican challengerFeb 4, 2014
Austin Scott s1oGeorgia RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Pete Sessions s1oTexas RepublicanMar 6, 2014
Bill Shuster s1oPennsylvania RepublicanApr 1, 2014
Lamar Smith s1oTexas RepublicanApr 1, 2014
Chris Stewart s1oUtah RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Tim Walberg s1oMichigan RepublicanApr 1, 2014
Randy Weber s2pTexas RepublicanJan 9, 2014
Ed Whitfield s1oKentucky RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Roger Williams s1oTexas RepublicanJan 15, 2014
Frank Wolf s1oVirginia Republican (retiring 2014)Jan 9, 2014
Ted Yoho s1oFlorida RepublicanJan 9, 2014



Independents participating in 14-H3829



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 65
Independents: 0


















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