Jun 7, 2006

Senate Rejects Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

Left: Supporters of ban vow not to give up; photo courtesy AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

(Washington, DC) A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage failed to pass the US Senate today by a vote of 49-48, 11 votes shy of the 60 needed to force the proposal to a final vote.

Proposed amendments to the Constitution require the support of two-thirds of the members of the House and Senate - 67 votes in the Senate - and then passage by three-fourths, or 38, of the 50 state legislatures.

Supporters of the Marriage Protection Amendment said that the vote reflected growing support among senators and average Americans.

"We're building votes," said Sen. David Vitter, (R-LA). "That's often what's required over several years to get there, particularly to a two-thirds vote."

Democrats said that the debate was a divisive political ploy.

"The Republican leadership is asking us to spend time writing bigotry into the Constitution," said Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA). "A vote for it is a vote against civil unions, against domestic partnership, against all other efforts for states to treat gays and lesbians fairly under the law."

Meanwhile, the Middle East remains a powder keg, budget deficits sink us further into debt, the nation's borders are porous sieves, our health care system is in shambles, and American jobs continue to be outsourced to distant lands.

The backers of this amendment are wasting the time and money of the American taxpayers with this cheap farce. Senators: get back to work on the real issues that we collectively face, and quit insulting our intelligence.


Name withheld to protect the guilty said...

Biggest surprise vote against the amendment seemed to be Judd Gregg, R-NH. His take is available in (this article, and basically is a pro-states-rights stance. Because this amendment is a waste of time, regardless of how you feel about gay marriage.

Anonymous said...

This is a big issue, and it's not just radical kooks. Many Americans, like me, believe that gay marriage will destroys families.

liberal_dem said...

"believe that gay marriage will destroys families"

Could you give 2 or 3 reasons why you believe this?

McCaskey said...

Anonymous: know what REALLY destroys marriages?...divorce. Unless there's serious abuse or neglect happening, make it alot harder to finalize, especially if there are children under 18 in the family.

McCaskey said...

LOL..meant what destroys "families"...

Anonymous said...

Well we all wondered what Rove would be doing after he lost some his duties in the White House. Looks like he has run out of ideas to try and gain support for a flailing Republican party. He was left with admitting defeat or playing the gay card.

Nothing mobilises the Bible belt more in the USA than a moral issue such as homosexuality or abortion. Its pathetic that they can't use Congress's time more effectively such as resolving the War in Iraq.

BTW - it wont destroy families, your only argument is "wont somebody please think of the children" Copyright Maude Flanders

Politics through the eyes of a teenager.

Dariush said...

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Any legislation enacted to curtail any sort of "alternative lifestyle" will ultimately come back to bite these guys on the .... (ahem). This administration, more than any that I've known, will be severely impacted by such laws. Laws which will put a severe crimp in the "lifestyle choice" of many of its head honchos. Fat Karl the Eunuch is only the most obvious of the many closeted poofters prancing about in the White House these days.

In the words of a very reliable and accurate, not to mention extremely humorous, White House insider:

"It is interesting to note the sudden interest Bush and his people are expressing in the so-called 'gay marriage' issue. Considering the slipping economy, the soaring (and permanent) gas prices, the growing death tolls in Iraq and Afghanistan, the obvious corruption at the highest levels, the revelations of torture and murder of civilians by the U.S. military, the down-played high death tolls of U.S. servicemen and other matters, the 'gay marriage' issue is a very crude attempt to deflect attention to Bush's sinking approval ratings (26%) and the desertion of the Republican and Christian right. In upper establishment circles on the East Coast, it is generally known that Bush himself led a gay-lifestyle while at Yale and has surrounded himself with gays such as Rove, Mehlman, the awful 'Gannon' and others. This is typical of Bush who is vicious and small-minded. An unloved and unpleasant child, he has been supported by his family and high-level Republicans, the latter seeing in him an easily-controlled cipher to launch and support their far-right programs. Now, even these fanatic hopefuls have deserted him. Perhaps his mother can get him a job representing Mobil/Exxon oil company as their Moscow representative. The Russians do not suffer fools gladly and would make short work of him."

Do said...

I'm just wondering what Cheney's daughter thinks of all this. Has anyone noticed how quiet VP Cheney has been on this matter?

Instead of placing labels on people perhaps we should 'classify' the issues of detriment to families: drug use/abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, poverty, infidelity, ....

The label of gay is passe'. Do you (loosely used here, not personal) REALLY feel that a same sex couple is going to hamper your ability to maintain a relationship? Or to be the cause of the demise of your relationship? Or cause your children to do poorly in school? Or cause you some discomfort in the grocery store/theater/park/dentist office/airplane?

In reality people, as a whole, would be mortified to know just WHO they are walking next to, standing in line with, etc. in the course of everyday life. Do you really know anything about that guy in back of you in the checkout line? How about the woman pushing that stroller through the mall? Are you absolutely sure that they aren't one of 'those gays' that this is all about?

As a whole, the human race fears what they don't understand. If you are uncomfortable with the idea that "those" people might be able to have insurance and benefits through their employers, assign responsibility for medical decisions to their partners, etc. then I suggest that you make it your quest to meet, talk with and understand the 'gay' community.

People are people. We all have the same organs, we all bleed, we all breathe, we all feel. Who you choose to spend your life with is irrelevant. It does not change who you are, just WHAT you are in the eyes of a bigot.

And - finally - gay marriage will not destroy families. The demonstration of love, faith, trust and happiness that gays would be 'allowed' to enjoy would only serve to help derail centuries of bigotry, hatred, malcontent and misinformation.

Hooda Thunkit said...

I’ve shared my feelings many times on “gay marriage,” so I won’t go into the whole rehash thing. Let me simply say that the gay community IMO, could get all of the right and benefits of hetero marriage if they would just drop the insistence on calling it “marriage.”

It is the right thing to do for any committed couple in a loving and permanent relationship/union. They just need to understand how the word “marriage” alienates just the folks whose support the need.

Maybe if the republicans pushed the amendment reaffirming those thoughts, it would be put to rest once and for all.

Kate said...

so do you suppose that the message has been sent to get off non-productive topics and get to work?

I surely hope so.