After days of Republican pandering, the Federal Marriage Amendment finally bites the big, big, gay one
WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, dealing an embarrassing defeat to President Bush and Republicans who hoped to use the measure to energize conservative voters on Election Day.
Supporters knew they wouldn't achieve the two-thirds vote needed to approve a constitutional amendment, but they had predicted a gain in votes over the last time the issue came up, in 2004. Instead, they lost one vote for the amendment in a procedural test tally that ended up 49-48.
"We were hoping to get over 50 percent, but that didn't happen today," said Sen. David Vitter, R-La., one of the amendment's supporters. "Eventually, Congress is going to have to catch up to the wisdom of the American people or the American people will change Congress for the better."
I’ve been silent about the actual amendment through this whole fiasco, because it really wasn’t a serious attempt to make law. It was a way for Republicans to pander to the Christianists, in hopes of receiving their votes in November. This whole thing was a waste of time, and I am quite sure that very few people were fooled.
The amendment itself, despite the claims of some, will never be enacted. Time and education have a way of wiping out bigotry and hate. Seriously, it must suck to know that you’re fighting a battle that, in a few years, will make you look like a total nutcase.
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