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Sanity: Gay Marriage Ban Fails in Senate

Posted on Jun 7, 2006

The Senate voted down a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but Republicans will keep the issue alive in the House with another vote. Two Democrats, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, voted in favor of the ban.


The Senate voted down a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, but Republicans planned a vote in the House of Representatives to keep a national spotlight on the hot-button issue.

The 49 to 48 Senate vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle, thwarting President Bush and the mostly Republican lawmakers who said the Constitution must be amended to prevent judges from striking down existing state bans on gay marriage.

Democrats accused Republicans of exploiting a divisive issue they knew would fail in order to shore up conservative support before November congressional elections and divert attention from topics like the war in Iraq that reflect poorly on the party in control of the White House and Congress.


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By chris simmons, June 10, 2006 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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Actually, Robert Byrd opposes gay marriage, but he also opposes a constitutional amendment banning it. He voted with the Republicans on cloture simply because he felt the issue should get an up-or-down vote. Sloppy reporting from outlets such as the Washington Post, which said two Democrats voted for the “amendment,” caused the confusion. The AP story explained Byrd’s position.

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By josef, June 8, 2006 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment
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don’t forget LESTER MADDOX segregationist governor of georgia was a democratic pig too. so why should we expect less of nelson and byrd? maybe some one should fuck them and give them aids,or just shoot the sorry motherfuckers.

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By native child, June 8, 2006 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment
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That Slippery Slope Again

Nazi Germany’s anti-Semitic laws are to the
Holocaust,  as the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment, if it ever becomes the law of the land,  will be to
the ...................

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By Unai, June 7, 2006 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with the accusation given to the Republican Party by the Democrats about exploiting gay marriage in a way so as to gain themselves votes.  What I am most discerned about is the ongoing “almighty supreme” image of white men with the congressional representation on Gay Marriage. Why did the republicans and the senate dominate in getting media attention on this issue? Where was the voice of Maxine Waters, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Charles Rangel, Diane Watson, David Scott?  Where was the voice of the House of Representatives?  Where was the voice of the Democrats?  What does that say about the constant perpetuation of neo-conservatism, heterosexism, and that age-old protestant fresh off the mayflower arrogance that is the common thread sewn between the right-winged holes of this country’s very weak and fragile infrastructure?  This is not to assume that all democrats are pro gay marriage and civil unions.

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By Nic, June 7, 2006 at 11:45 am Link to this comment
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Does it surprise anyone that Sen. Byrd would support such a bigoted, divisive issue?

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