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13-H3133 on Sep 19, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Marriage and Religious Freedom Act
Source: H.R.3133
Congressional Summary:Congress finds the following:
  1. Leading legal scholars concur that conflicts between same-sex marriage and religious liberty are real and should be legislatively addressed.
  2. As the President stated in response to the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, 'Americans hold a wide range of views' on the issue of same-sex marriage, and 'maintaining our Nation's commitment to religious freedom' is 'vital'.
  3. Protecting religious freedom from Government intrusion is a Government interest of the highest order.
  4. Laws that protect the free exercise of religious beliefs about marriage will encourage private citizens and institutions to demonstrate similar tolerance and therefore contribute to a more respectful, diverse, and peaceful society.
[Accordingly, this bill] prohibits the federal government from taking an adverse action against a person for acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.

Opponent's argument against bill: (David Brunori on Forbes.com): A bipartisan group of lawmakers thinks it's appropriate for the American taxpayer to subsidize organizations fighting for "traditional marriage." The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act would give non-profit organizations that don't like gay marriage the ability to engage in partisan political activities without the fear of losing their exempt status. The sponsors are touting the bill as a means of protecting freedom of conscience on the issue of marriage. The proposed law will allow non-profit organizations to engage in political activity, as long as it's for championing heterosexual marriage, while non-profits supporting marriage equality cannot engage in partisan political activity. The tax laws should be neutral when it comes to politics.


    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: Sponsored protecting anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 7.
  • Headline: Sponsored protecting anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech (Answer: A)
  • Headline 2: Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech (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


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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 13-H3133

Ralph Moody Hall s2oTexas Democrat until 2004; now GOPSep 19, 2013
Dan Lipinski s2oIllinois DemocratSep 19, 2013
Mike McIntyre s2oNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2014)Sep 19, 2013



Republicans participating in 13-H3133

Robert Aderholt s2oAlabama RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Michele Bachmann s2oMinnesota Republican (retiring 2014)Sep 19, 2013
Kerry Bentivolio s2oMichigan RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Rob Bishop s2oUtah RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Diane Black s2oTennessee RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Kevin Brady s2oTexas RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Jim Bridenstine s2oOklahoma RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Paul Broun s2oGA Republican ChallengerSep 19, 2013
Bill Cassidy s2oLA Republican ChallengerSep 19, 2013
Steve Chabot s2oOhio RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Jason Chaffetz s2oUT Former Republican Challenger (2011)Sep 19, 2013
Chris Collins s2oNew York RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Doug Collins s2oGeorgia RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Tom Cotton s2oAR Republican Senate challengerSep 19, 2013
Kevin Cramer s2oNorth Dakota RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Rick Crawford s2oArkansas RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Steve Daines s2oMontana Republican (Senate run 2014)Sep 19, 2013
Jeff Duncan s2oSouth Carolina RepublicanSep 19, 2013
John Fleming s2oLA Republican Senate candidateSep 19, 2013
Bill Flores s2oTexas RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Randy Forbes s2oVirginia RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Jeff Fortenberry s2oNebraska RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Trent Franks s2oArizona RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Scott Garrett s2oNew Jersey RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Bob Gibbs s2oOhio RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Phil Gingrey s2oGA Republican ChallengerOct 8, 2013
Louie Gohmert s2oTexas RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Tom Graves s2oGeorgia RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Gregg Harper s2oMississippi RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Andy Harris s2oMaryland RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Vicky Hartzler s2oMissouri RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Jeb Hensarling s2oTexas RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Richard Hudson s2oNorth Carolina RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Tim Huelskamp s2oKansas RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Bill Huizenga s2oMichigan RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Randy Hultgren s2oIllinois RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Jim Jordan s2oOhio RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Mike Kelly s2oPennsylvania RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Jack Kingston s2oGA Republican ChallengerSep 19, 2013
Raul Labrador s1pIdaho RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Doug LaMalfa s2oCalifornia RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Doug Lamborn s2oColorado RepublicanSep 19, 2013
James Lankford s2oOK Republican Senate challengerOct 8, 2013
Bob Latta s2oOhio RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Billy Long s2oMissouri RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Cynthia Lummis s2oWyoming RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Kenny Marchant s2oTexas RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Tom Marino s2oPennsylvania RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Patrick McHenry s2oNorth Carolina RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers s2oWashington RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Mark Meadows s2oNorth Carolina RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Jeff Miller s2oFlorida RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Markwayne Mullin s2oOklahoma RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Mick Mulvaney s2oSouth Carolina RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Kristi Noem s2oSouth Dakota RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Steven Palazzo s2oMississippi RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Steve Pearce s2oNew Mexico RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Joseph Pitts s2oPennsylvania RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Mike Pompeo s2oKansas RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Phil Roe s2oTennessee RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Michael Rogers s2oAlabama RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Todd Rokita s2oIndiana RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Keith Rothfus s2oPennsylvania RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Matt Salmon s2oArizona RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Mark Sanford s2oSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010)Sep 19, 2013
Steve Scalise s2oLA Republican challengerSep 19, 2013
Pete Sessions s2oTexas RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Christopher Smith s2oNew Jersey RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Steve Southerland s2oFlorida RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Chris Stewart s2oUtah RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Marlin Stutzman s2oIN Republican Senate candidateSep 19, 2013
Ann Wagner s2oMissouri RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Tim Walberg s2oMichigan RepublicanSep 19, 2013
Lynn Westmoreland s2oGeorgia RepublicanOct 8, 2013
Frank Wolf s2oVirginia Republican (retiring 2014)Oct 8, 2013
Ted Yoho s2oFlorida RepublicanOct 8, 2013



Independents participating in 13-H3133

Charles Boustany s2oLA U.S. Rep and Republican Senate ChallengerSep 19, 2013



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 3
Republicans: 77
Independents: 1


















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