Senate Candidates & The CA Decision

Matt Lewis
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Posted: May 16, 2008 1:59 PM

Think Senate races don't matter this year?  These are the folks who would be voting on judicial nominations.  In light of the California Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, here's a quick run-down some of the Democratic Senate candidates up for election this year ...

Al Franken (MN) – Franken has stated he wouldn't have voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  (CNBC’s “Tim Russert,” April 1, 2006).

Rick Noriega (TX) – Noriega was one of only nine Representatives to vote against banning gay marriage and civil unions in Texas.  (Dallas Morning News, May 1, 2003).

Mark Udall (CO) – Voted against a ban on same-sex marriage in the Colorado House -- and in the U.S. House, he twice voted against a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Tom Udall (NM) – An advocate of domestic partnership who has said the issue of same-sex marriage does not belong in the Constitution. Udall twice voted against a Constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark Warner (VA) – Attempted to block a legislative ban on all legal recognition of gay relationships.  He also recommended striking partnership contract provisions from the Affirmation of Marriage Act for the Commonwealth of Virginia.