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Bernie Sanders' Voting Records on Issue: Marriage


Vote Smart provides easy access to congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. 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

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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National Key Votes

Bill No. HR 1540
Outcome Conference Report Vote - Conference Report Adopted - Senate (86 - 13)
Date 12/15/2011
Bill No. HR 2965
Outcome Concurrence Vote - Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 31)
Date 12/18/2010
Bill No. H J Res 88
Outcome Passage - Joint Resolution Failed - House (236 - 187)
Date 07/18/2006
Bill No. HR 4181
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - House (323 - 95)
Date 04/28/2004
Bill No. HR 4810
Outcome Override of Veto - Veto Override Failed - House (270 - 158)
Date 09/13/2000
Bill No. HR 4810
Outcome Conference Report Vote - Conference Report Adopted - House (271 - 156)
Date 07/20/2000
Bill No. HR 6
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - House (268 - 158)
Date 02/10/2000
Bill No. HR 4579
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - House (229 - 195)
Date 09/26/1998
Bill No. H Amdt 1286
Outcome Amendment Vote - Amendment Rejected - House (103 - 311)
Date 07/12/1996
Bill No. HR 3396
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - House (342 - 67)
Date 07/12/1996