How Catholics in Congress Voted on the Bill to Redefine Marriage

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CV NEWS FEED // The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to pass the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, sending the legislation to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

There are 130 Catholics serving in the House of Representatives, of which 74 are Democrats and 56 are Republicans. CatholicVote Communications Director Joshua Mercer noted after the vote that out of the 130 Catholics, 89 voted to redefine marriage, while only 40 Catholics voted no. (One member, Rep. Kevin Brady, a Catholic Republican from Texas, did not vote.)

“There are 74 Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives and they all voted to redefine marriage and expose religious organizations to years of lawfare from harassing lawsuits,” Mercer said:

Sadly, 15 of the 56 Catholic Republicans in the House (27% of them) complied with this Democrat-sponsored legislation. We are thankful for the 40 Catholic Republicans in the House who stood their ground and voted no on this dangerous legislation.

CatholicVote strongly opposed the legislation, warning members of Congress that it would result in terrible consequences for the religious freedom of Catholic individuals and institutions. 

“The act purports to defend same-sex and interracial marriages, yet neither institution is under attack, and the act adds zero new protections for same-sex marriages that the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges didn’t already provide,” wrote CatholicVote President Brian Burch for Newsweek shortly before the House vote:

The legislation’s real effect, in addition to repealing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, will be to expose people of faith to a host of potential lawsuits from left-wing activists seeking to silence their voices. That seems to be the point.

Below readers can find how all Catholic members of Congress voted on this legislation. For members of Congress who are not Catholic, their votes can be found by clicking here.

Representative Party State District Voted for RFMA
Tom O’Halleran Democratic Arizona 1st Yes
Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic Arizona 2nd Yes
Raúl Grijalva Democratic Arizona 3rd Yes
Paul Gosar Republican Arizona 4th No
David Schweikert Republican Arizona 6th No
Ruben Gallego Democratic Arizona 7th Yes
Greg Stanton Democratic Arizona 9th Yes
French Hill Republican Arkansas 2nd No
Mike Thompson Democratic California 5th Yes
Jerry McNerney Democratic California 9th Yes
Mark DeSaulnier Democratic California 11th Yes
Nancy Pelosi Democratic California 12th Yes
Jackie Speier Democratic California 14th Yes
Jim Costa Democratic California 16th Yes
Anna Eshoo Democratic California 18th Yes
Jimmy Panetta Democratic California 20th Yes
David Valadao Republican California 21st Yes
Connie Conway Republican California 22nd No
Salud Carbajal Democratic California 24th Yes
Pete Aguilar Democratic California 31st Yes
Grace Napolitano Democratic California 32nd Yes
Ted Lieu Democratic California 33rd Yes
Jimmy Gomez Democratic California 34th Yes
Norma Torres Democratic California 35th Yes
Linda Sánchez Democratic California 38th Yes
Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic California 40th Yes
Nanette Barragán Democratic California 44th Yes
Lou Correa Democratic California 46th Yes
Juan Vargas Democratic California 51st Yes
John B. Larson Democratic Connecticut 1st Yes
Joe Courtney Democratic Connecticut 2nd Yes
Rosa DeLauro Democratic Connecticut 3rd Yes
Neal Dunn Republican Florida 2nd No
John Rutherford Republican Florida 4th No
Darren Soto Democratic Florida 9th Yes
Mario Díaz-Balart Republican Florida 25th No
Carlos A. Giménez Republican Florida 26th Yes
Marie Newman Democratic Illinois 3rd Yes
Jesús “Chuy” García Democratic Illinois 4th Yes
Rodney Davis Republican Illinois 13th Yes
Cheri Bustos Democratic Illinois 17th Yes
Darin LaHood Republican Illinois 18th No
Frank J. Mrvan Democratic Indiana 1st Yes
Greg Pence Republican Indiana 6th No
Mariannette Miller-Meeks Republican Iowa 2nd Yes
Cindy Axne Democratic Iowa 3rd Yes
Jake LaTurner Republican Kansas 2nd No
Steve Scalise Republican Louisiana 1st No
Garret Graves Republican Louisiana 6th No
Andy Harris Republican Maryland 1st No
Anthony Brown Democratic Maryland 4th Yes
Richard Neal Democratic Massachusetts 1st Yes
Jim McGovern Democratic Massachusetts 2nd Yes
Lori Trahan Democratic Massachusetts 3rd Yes
Stephen F. Lynch Democratic Massachusetts 8th Yes
Bill Keating Democratic Massachusetts 9th Yes
Dan Kildee Democratic Michigan 5th Yes
Lisa McClain Republican Michigan 10th No
Debbie Dingell Democratic Michigan 12th Yes
Betty McCollum Democratic Minnesota 4th Yes
Tom Emmer Republican Minnesota 6th Yes
Michelle Fischbach Republican Minnesota 7th No
Pete Stauber Republican Minnesota 8th No
Steven Palazzo Republican Mississippi 4th No
Ann Wagner Republican Missouri 2nd Yes
Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican Missouri 3rd No
Matt Rosendale Republican Montana at-large No
Mike Flood Republican Nebraska 1st No
Susie Lee Democratic Nevada 3rd Yes
Jeff Van Drew Republican New Jersey 2nd No
Chris Smith Republican New Jersey 4th No
Frank Pallone Democratic New Jersey 6th Yes
Albio Sires Democratic New Jersey 8th Yes
Bill Pascrell Democratic New Jersey 9th Yes
Mikie Sherrill Democratic New Jersey 11th Yes
Teresa Leger Fernandez Democratic New Mexico 3rd Yes
Andrew Garbarino Republican New York 2nd Yes
Thomas Suozzi Democratic New York 3rd Yes
Kathleen Rice Democratic New York 4th Yes
Nydia Velázquez Democratic New York 7th Yes
Adriano Espaillat Democratic New York 13th Yes
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Democratic New York 14th Yes
Sean Patrick Maloney Democratic New York 18th Yes
Paul Tonko Democratic New York 20th Yes
Elise Stefanik Republican New York 21st Yes
John Katko Republican New York 24th Yes
Joseph Morelle Democratic New York 25th Yes
Brian Higgins Democratic New York 26th Yes
Greg Murphy Republican North Carolina 3rd No
Virginia Foxx Republican North Carolina 5th No
Patrick McHenry Republican North Carolina 10th No
Steve Chabot Republican Ohio 1st No
Brad Wenstrup Republican Ohio 2nd No
Bob Latta Republican Ohio 5th No
Marcy Kaptur Democratic Ohio 9th Yes
Tim Ryan Democratic Ohio 13th Yes
David Joyce Republican Ohio 14th Yes
Anthony Gonzalez Republican Ohio 16th Yes
Stephanie Bice Republican Oklahoma 5th No
Cliff Bentz Republican Oregon 2nd No
Peter DeFazio Democratic Oregon 4th Yes
Brian Fitzpatrick Republican Pennsylvania 1st Yes
Brendan Boyle Democratic Pennsylvania 2nd Yes
Madeleine Dean Democratic Pennsylvania 4th Yes
Mary Gay Scanlon Democratic Pennsylvania 5th Yes
Matt Cartwright Democratic Pennsylvania 8th Yes
Dan Meuser Republican Pennsylvania 9th No
John Joyce Republican Pennsylvania 13th No
Mike Kelly Republican Pennsylvania 16th No
Conor Lamb Democratic Pennsylvania 17th Yes
Mike Doyle Democratic Pennsylvania 18th Yes
James Langevin Democratic Rhode Island 2nd Yes
Chuck Fleischmann Republican Tennessee 3rd No
Pat Fallon Republican Texas 4th No
Kevin Brady Republican Texas 8th NV*
Michael McCaul Republican Texas 10th No
Vicente Gonzalez Democratic Texas 15th Yes
Veronica Escobar Democratic Texas 16th Yes
Joaquin Castro Democratic Texas 20th Yes
Tony Gonzales Republican Texas 23rd Yes
Henry Cuellar Democratic Texas 28th Yes
Sylvia Garcia Democratic Texas 29th Yes
Mayra Flores Republican Texas 34th No
Peter Welch Democratic Vermont at-large Yes
Ben Cline Republican Virginia 6th No
Gerry Connolly Democratic Virginia 11th Yes
Alex Mooney Republican West Virginia 2nd No
Bryan Steil Republican Wisconsin 1st Yes
Scott L. Fitzgerald Republican Wisconsin 5th No
Mike Gallagher Republican Wisconsin 8th Yes

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