H.R. 3396 (104th): Defense of Marriage Act

On Passage of the Bill in the Senate

Date:

Sep 10, 1996

Number:

Senate Vote #280
104th Congress

Result:

Bill Passed

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3396 (104th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 85
 
 
85%
53 32
  Nay 14
 
 
14%
0 14
Not Voting 1
 
 
1%
0 1
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: “Aye” or “Yea”?

“Aye” and “Yea” mean the same thing, and so do “No” and “Nay”. Congress uses different words in different sorts of votes.

The U.S. Constitution says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). Congress takes this literally and uses “yea” and “nay” when voting on the final passage of bills.

All Senate votes use these words. But the House of Representatives uses “Aye” and “No” in other sorts of votes.