Key Votes

2012 All Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Key Votes

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8/30 CA SB 1172 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 13) 8/28 CA SB 1172 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy Bill Passed - House (52 - 22) 7/19 NA H Amdt 1416 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House (247 - 166) 5/31 CA SB 1140 Exempts Religious Institutions from Performing Same-Sex Marriages Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11) 5/30 CA SB 1172 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13) 5/16 NA HR 4970 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (222 - 205) 5/09 NA H Amdt 1096 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention with the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House (245 - 171) 4/30 CA AB 1960 Requires the Department of Transportation to Include Sexual Orientation Reported by Business Owners Bill Passed - House (48 - 25) 4/30 NY A 5039 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression Bill Passed - House (81 - 59) 4/26 CO SB 2 Authorizes Civil Unions Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 4/26 NA S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31) 3/21 NH HB 437 Repeals Same-Sex Marriage "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (211 - 116) 2/28 SD H Amdt 141 Defining Domestic Abuse as Abuse Witihin an Opposite-Sex Relationship Amendment Adopted - House (35 - 33) 2/23 MD HB 438 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22) 2/22 VA SB 349 Authorizing Private Adoption Agencies to Refuse Certain Placements Bill Passed - House (71 - 28) 2/21 VA HB 189 Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Refuse Adoptions for Religious Reasons Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18) 2/17 MD HB 438 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House (72 - 67) 2/16 NJ S 1 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House (42 - 33) 2/13 NJ S 1 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16) 2/09 VA SB 349 Authorizing Private Adoption Agencies to Refuse Certain Placements Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18) 2/08 WA SB 6239 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House (55 - 43) 2/03 VA HB 189 Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Refuse Adoptions for Religious Reasons Bill Passed - House (71 - 28) 2/01 WA SB 6239 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.