Key Votes

2010 All Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Key Votes

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12/18 NA HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 31) 12/15 NA HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (250 - 175) 12/01 IL SB 1716 Authorizing Civil Unions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 24) 11/30 IL SB 1716 Authorizing Civil Unions Bill Passed - House (61 - 52) 7/01 NY S 1523 Allowing Unmarried Partners to Adopt a Child Bill Passed - House (95 - 44) 6/24 NY S 1523 Allowing Unmarried Partners to Adopt a Child Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 21) 5/28 NA HR 5136 2010-2011 Defense Appropriation Authorizations Bill Passed - House (229 - 186) 5/27 NA H Amdt 672 Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" After Military Review and Certification Amendment Adopted - House (234 - 194) 5/12 MN SF 341 Domestic Partner Death Rights Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (41 - 24) 5/11 MN SF 341 Domestic Partner Death Rights Bill Passed - House (78 - 55) 4/29 HI HB 444 Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (31 - 20) 3/09 VA SB 66 Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination in State Government Employment Motion Agreed - House (55 - 42) 3/02 NY A 5710 Prohibiting Gender Identity Discrimination Bill Passed - House (100 - 43) 2/17 NH CACR 28 Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (201 - 135) 2/17 NH HB 1590 Repealing Same-Sex Marriage "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (210 - 109) 2/09 IA HJR 6 Constitutionally Defining Marriage as Between One Man and One Woman Motion Rejected - House (45 - 54) 2/08 VA SB 66 Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination in State Government Employment Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17) 1/28 IN SJR 13 Defining Marriage as Being Between One Man and One Woman Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (38 - 10) 1/22 HI HB 444 Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 7) 1/07 NJ S 1967 Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Bill Failed - Senate (14 - 20)

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