It would be wonderful if this hateful measure never came up for a vote again--they should be voting to allow us to file our taxes together and visit one another in the hospital, not attempting to decree in the Constitution that we don't deserve any rights--but if it had to come up, it's always nice to see it shot down. And shot down with one less vote than last time, to boot!
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.Next time around, here's hoping that supporters of the amendment are actually in the minority.
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.
By the way, Orrin Hatch has been "fuming" in the AP's coverage of the amendment since Monday about a comment Ted Kennedy made, asking, "Does he really want to suggest that over half of the United States Senate is a crew of bigots?" I don't know about Kennedy, but I know this, Orrin: Today's vote says it's less than half, and a crew of bigots is exactly what you are.