Issue Position: Federal Marriage Amendment
I am opposed to expanding the definition of marriage to include same-sex unions. Accordingly, I am a cosponsor of S.J.Res. 1, which would amend the Constitution to state that marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. The amendment would also prohibit the Constitution or any state constitution, or state or federal law, from being construed to require that marital status or its legal incidents be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.
On June 7, 2006, I voted in favor of a procedural measure that would have allowed the Federal Marriage Amendment to be debated by the United States Senate. While the U.S. Senate was unable to proceed to this measure, I continue to believe that a constitutional amendment is necessary to combat the activist judges who have attempted to redefine marriage in the United States.