Federal Marriage Amendment defeated before it got defeated
Religious conservatives knew that the Federal Marriage Amendment wouldn't get the 67 Senate votes it needed if it went up for a vote this week. But the surprise is that it won't get any votes. Only 48 senators voted to invoke cloture on the resolution, so there was no official vote on the constitutional amendment itself (60 votes were needed). Fifty senators voted against cloture, and John Kerry and John Edwards did not vote. (Sen. Rick Santorum looks on the bright side, saying he expected only 45 votes for cloture.)
Conservatives and Republicans will surely claim that Democrats' "no" votes on cloture suggest that these Senators are against the amendmentor, it will be suggested, against protecting the traditional familybut the senators have plenty of ammunition to refute that claim. Witness today's article in The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, which began, "Both of Ohio's U.S. senators are poised to vote today in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, they said, but both are hoping they don't have to."
"We've known from the beginning that this was going to be a long fight. What we didn't know was just how little regard Senators on the left would have for the American people's will on this issue," said Family Research Council president Tony Perkins. "The Senate's vote today has left the future of marriage in the hands of unelected judges, at least for the time being. This was just round one in the debate over marriage and now that it is over, we begin training for round two. Pro-family forces have benefited from the debate over the past few days in two ways: One, every time this issue is forced into the public square, the opposition to same-sex ...1
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