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Posted on 06/07/2006 8:37:51 AM PDT by andy58-in-nhEdited on 06/07/2006 11:34:52 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Constitutional Amendment on Marriage Fails
Wednesday, June 07, 2006 WASHINGTON A constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman stalled Wednesday in a 49-48 vote, but conservative backers say they are pleased to have had the vote nonetheless.
"For thousands of years, marriage the union between a man and a woman has been recognized as an essential cornerstone of society. ... We must continue fighting to ensure the Constitution is amended by the will of the people rather than by judicial activism, said Senate Majority leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., after the vote.
A constitutional amendment needs two-thirds votes to pass, but first had to get through the procedural cloture vote, which requires 60 senators to agree to end the debate and move toward final passage.
Shy 11 votes to go to a final debate, few crossed the political aisle to vote against their party's majority position. Republican Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Judd Gregg, Arlen Specter, Lincoln Chafee and John Sununu voted against the cloture vote. Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson and Robert Byrd voted for it, as they did in 2004. Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel and Demcratic Sens. Chris Dodd and Jay Rockefeller were absent.
.......and we're off to the campaigns!.............
as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate
McCain's GOP opponents in '08 have quite a lot of ammo.
Whoever runs against McCain in the primaries in 2008 better use this against McCain.
Stick a fork in ole RINO for he is done.
We got a majority. That's progress. Press on!
The good point is that our senators are all on record. That's a good thing!
And he is all too happy to give them more, as long as it wins him fawning media profiles and appearances on the Sunday news programs.
John McCain is the political equivalent of the crossdresser. He can't figure out what he is and when all is said and done he will end up as the old maid with a buzz cut.
Let the states ban it individually and leave it alone on a national level.
They are generally conservative. I wonder why they went with the Dems on this.
The political careers of these losers needs to end.
I notice that the gays are now real strong in "conservative" NH too!
I will vote for every Pub on my ticket but him.
I should know. He's my Senator and I haven't voted for him the last two times.
He aint makin it through a Pub primary. Not with this kind of baggage.
From the way he's "grown" in the last 15 years, he'll be attending a wedding with a man and his rabbit in another ten.
Thanks for not providing it.
Kerry (D-MA), Nay
What a surprise! Wait for the next election, "gentlemen".
Well who didn't see this coming.
Good. Now perhaps the Senate can move forward with more pressing matters, like terrorism and illegal immigration and abolishing the death tax.
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