Federal Legislation
October 25, 2004

Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA)

The debate over marriage has continued. The following is a summary of the actions which have occurred in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Senate - on July 14, 2004, the Senate voted on a procedural motion to debate the Marriage Protection Amendment (S.J. Res 40) which would have led to an eventual vote on the amendment. The effort failed, however, because 60 votes were needed to bring the amendment to a vote. Forty-eight Senators voted in favor and 50 opposed.

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House – on Thursday, September 30, 2004 the House of Representatives voted on the Marriage Protection Amendment, H.J. Res. 106. A two-thirds majority is required to pass an amendment. The MPA received a simple majority with a vote of 227 to 186. 

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While HSLDA supports amending the U.S. Constitution to defend the institution of marriage, we believe that this Amendment was substantially flawed. At least one member, Hostettler (IN), voted against this Amendment because he wanted something stronger.

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Senate Votes

Nays (50)
Akaka (HI)Baucus (MT)Bayh (IN)
Biden (DE)Bingaman (NM)Boxer (CA)
Breaux (LA)Campbell (CO)Cantwell (WA)
Carper (DE)Chafee (RI)Clinton (NY)
Collins (ME)Conrad (ND)Corzine (NJ)
Daschle (SD)Dayton (MN)Dodd (CT)
Dorgan (ND)Durbin (IL)Feingold (WI)
Feinstein (CA)Graham (FL)Harkin (IA)
Hollings (SC)Inouye (HI)Jeffords (VT)
Johnson (SD)Kennedy (MA)Kohl (WI)
Landrieu (LA)Lautenberg (NJ)Leahy (VT)
Levin (MI)Lieberman (CT)Lincoln (AR)
McCain (AZ)Mikulski (MD)Murray (WA)
Nelson (FL)Pryor (AR)Reed (RI)
Reid (NV)Rockefeller (WV)Sarbanes (MD)
Schumer (NY)Snowe (ME)Stabenow (MI)
Sununu (NH)Wyden (OR)
Yays (48)
Alexander (TN)Allard (CO)Allen (VA)
Bennett (UT)Bond (MO)Brownback (KS)
Bunning (KY)Burns (MT)Byrd (WV)
Chambliss (GA)Cochran (MS)Coleman (MN)
Cornyn (TX)Craig (ID)Crapo (ID)
DeWine (OH)Dole (NC)Domenici (NM)
Ensign (NV)Enzi (WY)Fitzgerald (IL)
Frist (TN)Graham (SC)Grassley (IA)
Gregg (NH)Hagel (NE)Hatch (UT)
Hutchison (TX)Inhofe (OK)Kyl (AZ)
Lott (MS)Lugar (IN)McConnell (KY)
Miller (GA)Murkowski (AK)"Nelson, Ben (NE)"
Nickles (OK)Roberts (KS)Santorum (PA)
Sessions (AL)Shelby (AL)Smith (OR)
Specter (PA)Stevens (AK)Talent (MO)
Thomas (WY)Voinovich (OH)Warner (VA)
Not Voting (2)
Edwards (NC)Kerry (MA)

House Votes

Yeas (227)
Aderholt (AL-R)Akin (MO-R)Alexander (LA-D)
Bachus (AL-R)Baker (LA-R)Ballenger (NC-R)
Barrett (SC-R)Barlett (MD-R)Barton (TX-R)
Beauprez (CO-R)Berry (AR-D)Bilirakis (FL-R)
Bishop (GA-D)Bishop (UT-R)Blackburn (TN-R)
Blunt (MO-R)Boehner (OH-R)Bonilla (TX-R)
Bonner (AL-R)Boozman (AR-R)Boucher (VA-D)
Boyd (FL-D)Bradley (NH-R)Brady (TX-R)
Brown (SC-R)Brown-Waite (FL-R)Burgess (TX-R)
Burns (GA-R)Burr (NC-R)Burton (IN-R)
Buyer (IN-R)Calvert (CA-R)Camp (MI-R)
Cantor (VA-R)Capito (WV-R)Carson (OK-D)
Carter (TX-R)Chabot (OH-R)Chandler (KY-D)
Chocola (IN-R)Coble (NC-R)Cole (OK-R)
Collins (GA-R)Cooper (TN-D)Costello (IL-D)
Cramer (AL-D)Crane (IL-R)Crenshaw (FL-R)
Cubin (WY-R)Culberson (TX-R)Cunningham (CA-R)
Davis (AL-D)Davis (TN-D)Davis, Jo Ann (VA-R)
Davis, Tom (VA-R)Deal (GA-R)DeLay (TX-R)
DeMint (SC-R)Doolittle (CA-R)Duncan (TN-R)
Edwards (TX-D)Ehlers (MI-R)Emerson (MO-R)
English (PA-R)Etheridge (NC-D)Everett (AL-R)
Feeney (FL-R)Ferguson (NJ-R)Flake (AZ-R)
Forbes (VA-R)Ford (TN-D)Fossella (NY-R)
Franks (AZ-R)Gallegly (CA-R)Garrett (NJ-R)
Gillmor (OH-R)Gingrey (GA-R)Goode (VA-R)
Goodlatte (VA-R)Gordon (TN-D)Granger (TX-R)
Graves (MO-R)Green (WI-R)Gutknecht (MN-R)
Hall (TX-R)Harris (FL-R)Hart (PA-R)
Hastert (IL-R)Hastings (WA-R)Hayes (NC-R)
Hayworth (AZ-R)Hefley (CO-R)Hensarling (TX-R)
Herger (CA-R)Herseth (SD-D)Hoekstra (MI-R)
Holden (PA-D)Hulshof (MO-R)Hyde (IL-R)
Isakson (GA-R)Issa (CA-R)Istook (OK-R)
Jefferson (LA-D)Jenkins (TN-R)John (LA-D)
Johnson (IL-R)Johnson, Sam (TX-R)Jones (NC-R)
Keller (FL-R)Kelly (NY-R)Kennedy (MN-R)
King (IA-R)King (NY-R)Kingston (GA-R)
Kline (MN-R)LaHood (IL-R)Lampson (TX-D)
Latham (IA-R)LaTourette (OH-R)Lewis (CA-R)
Lewis (KY-R)Linder (GA-R)LoBiondo (NJ-R)
Lucas (KY-D)Lucas (OK-R)Manzullo (IL-R)
Marshall (GA-D)Matheson (UT-D)McCotter (MI-R)
McCrery (LA-R)McHugh (NY-R)McIntyre (NC-D)
McKeon (CA-R)Mica (FL-R)Miller (FL-R)
Miller (MI-R)Miller, Gary (CA-R)Moran (KS-R)
Murphy (PA-R)Musgrave (CO-R)Myrick (NC-R)
Neugebauer (TX-R)Ney (OH-R)Northup (KY-R)
Norwood (GA-R)Nunes (CA-R)Nussle (IA-R)
Oritz (TX-D)Osborne (NE-R)Otter (ID-R)
Oxley (OH-R)Pearce (NM-R)Pence (IN-R)
Peterson (MN-D)Peterson (PA-R)Petri (WI-R)
Pickering (MS-R)Pitts (PA-R)Platts (PA-R)
Pombo (CA-R)Porter (NV-R)Portman (OH-R)
Putnam (FL-R)Quinn (NY-R)Radanovich (CA-R)
Rahall (WV-D)Ramstad (MN-R)Regula (OH-R)
Rehberg (MT-R)Renzi (AZ-R)Reynolds (NY-R)
Rogers (AL-R)Rogers (KY-R)Rogers (MI-R)
Rohrabacher (CA-R)Ross (AR-D)Royce (CA-R)
Ryan (WI-R)Ryun (KS-R)Sandlin (TX-D)
Saxton (NJ-R)Shrock (VA-R)Scott (GA-D)
Sensenbrenner (WI-R)Sessions (TX-R)Shadegg (AZ-R)
Shaw (FL-R)Sherwood (PA-R)Shimkus (IL-R)
Shuster (PA-R)Simpson (ID-R)Skelton (MO-D)
Smith (MI-R)Smith (NJ-R)Smith (TX-R)
Souder (IN-R)Spratt (SC-D)Stearns (FL-R)
Stenholm (TX-D)Sullivan (OK-R)Tancredo (CO-R)
Tanner (TN-D)Taylor (MS-D)Taylor (NC-R)
Terry (NE-R)Thomas (CA-R)Thompson (MS-D)
Thornberry (TX-R)Tiahrt (KS-R)Tiberi (OH-R)
Toomey (PA-R)Turner (OH-R)Upton (MI-R)
Vitter (LA-R)Walden (OR-R)Walsh (NY-R)
Wamp (TN-R)Weldon (FL-R)Weldon (PA-R)
Weller (IL-R)Whitfield (KY-R)Wicker (MS-R)
Wilson (NM-R)Wilson (SC-R)Wolf (VA-R)
Young (AK-R)Young (FL-R)
Nays (186)
Abercrombie (HI-D)Ackerman (NY-D)Allen (ME-D)
Andrews (NJ-D)Baca (CA-D)Baird (WA-D)
Baldwin (WI-D)Bass (NH-R)Becerra (CA-D)
Bell (TX-D)Berkley (NV-D)Berman (CA-D)
Biggert (IL-R)Bishop (NY-D)Blumenauer (OR-D)
Bono (CA-R)Boswell (IA-D)Brady (PA-D)
Brown (OH-D)Butterfield (NC-D)Capps (CA-D)
Capuano (MA-D)Cardin (MD-D)Cardoza (CA-D)
Carson (IN-D)Case (HI-D)Castle (DE-R)
Clay (MO-D)Clyburn (SC-D)Conyers (MI-D)
Cox (CA-R)Crowley (NY-D)Cummings (MD-D)
Davis (CA-D)Davis (FL-D)DeFazio (OR-D)
DeGette (CO-D)Delahunt (MA-D)DeLauro (CT-D)
Deutsch (FL-D)Dicks (WA-D)Dingell (MI-D)
Doggett (TX-D)Dooley (CA-D)Doyle (PA-D)
Dreier (CA-R)Emanuel (Il-D)Engel (NY-D)
Eshoo (CA-D)Evans (IL-D)Farr (CA-D)
Fattah (PA-D)Filner (CA-D)Foley (FL-R)
Frank (MA-D)Frelinghuysen (NJ-R)Frost (TX-D)
Gephardt (MO-D)Gerlach (PA-R)Gibbons (NV-R)
Gilchrest (MD-R)Gonzalez (TX-D)Green (TX-D)
Greenwood (PA-R)Grijalva (AZ-D)Gutierrez (IL-D)
Hill (IN-D)Hinchey (NY-D)Hinojosa (TX-D)
Hobson (OH-R)Hoeffel (PA-D)Holt (NJ-D)
Honda (CA-D)Hooley (OR-D)Hostettler (IN-R)
Houghton (NY-R)Hoyer (MD-D)Inslee (WA-D)
Israel (NY-D)Jackson (IL-D)Jackson-Lee (TX-D)
Johnson (CT-R)Johnson, E.B. (TX-D)Jones (OH-D)
Kanjorski (PA-D)Kaptur (OH-D)Kennedy (RI-D)
Kildee (MI-D)Kilpatrick (MI-D)Kind (WI-D)
Kirk (IL-R)Kleczka (WI-D)Knollenberg (MI-R)
Kolbe (AZ-R)Kucinich (OH-D)Langevin (RI-D)
Lantos (CA-D)Larsen (WA-D)Larson (CT-D)
Leach (IA-R)Lee (CA-D)Levin (MI-D)
Lewis (GA-D)Lipinski (IL-D)Lofgren (CA-D)
Lowey (NY-D)Lynch (MA-D)Majette (GA-D)
Maloney (NY-D)Markey (MA-D)Matsui (CA-D)
McCarthy (MO-D)McCarthy (NY-D)McCollum (MN-D)
McDermott (WA-D)McGovern (MA-D)McInnis (CO-R)
McNulty (NY-D)Meehan (MA-D)Michaud (ME-D)
Millender-McDonald (CA-D)Miller (NC-D)Miller, George (CA-D)
Mollohan (WV-D)Moore (KS-D)Moran (VA-D)
Nadler (NY-D)Napolitano (CA-D)Neal (MA-D)
Obey (WI-D)Olver (MA-D)Ose (CA-R)
Owens (NY-D)Pallone (NJ-D)Pascrell (NJ-D)
Pastor (AZ-D)Paul (TX-R)Payne (NJ-D)
Pelosi (CA-D)Pomeroy (ND-D)Price (NC-D)
Pryce (OH-R)Rodriguez (TX-D)Rothman (NJ-D)
Roybal-Allard (CA-D)Ruppersberger (MD-D)Rush (IL-D)
Ryan (OH-D0 Sabo (MN-D)Sanchez, Linda (CA-D)Sanchez, Loretta (CA-D)
Sanders (VT-I)Schakowsky (IL-D)Schiff (CA-D)
Scott (VA-D)Serrano (NY-D)Shays (CT-R)
Sherman (CA-D)Simmons (CT-R)Slaughter (NY-D)
Smith (WA-D)Snyder (AR-D)Solis (CA-D)
Stark (CA-D)Strickland (OH-D)Stupak (MI-D)
Sweeney (NY-R)Tauscher (CA-D)Thompson (CA-D)
Tierney (MA-D)Towns (NY-D)Turner (TX-D)
Udall (CO-D)Udall (NM-D)Van Hollen (MD-D)
Valazquez (NY-D)Visclosky (IN-D)Waters (CA-D)
Watson (CA-D)Watt (NC-D)Waxman (CA-D)
Weiner (NY-D)Wexler (FL-D)Woolsey (CA-D)
Wu (OR-D)Wynn (MD-D)
Not Voting (20)
Boehlert (NY-R)Brown, Corrine (FL-D)Cannon (UT-R)
Davis (IL-D)Diaz-Balart, L. (FL-R)Diaz-Balart, M. (FL-R)
Dunn (WA-R)Harman (CA-D)Hastings (FL-D)
Hunter (CA-R)Meek (FL-D)Meeks (NY-D)
Menendez (NJ-D)Murtha (PA-D)Nethercutt (WA-R)
Oberstar (MN-D)Rangel (NY-D)Reyes (TX-D)
Ros-Lehtinen (FL-R)Tauzin (LA-R)