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The Senate bigots didn't even get 50 votes to continue debate


Too damn bad, huh? Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., right, with, from left, Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., Pastor Rev. William Owens Founder and President of the Coalition of African American, and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, speaks in a news conference on Capitol Hill to support the Marriage Protection Amendment, Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

[UPDATE: The Senate web site has the full roll call up now.]

Boy, what a bunch of losers. How will the bible beaters spin this, since they’ve been bleating about getting a majority of senators on board this time around? They were expecting at least 52. (CNN):

The Senate rejected Wednesday a bid to amend the Constitution to essentially ban same-sex marriage.

Republicans pushed the plan even though supporters conceded the measure did not have enough votes to pass.

Proponents failed to get the 60 votes needed to end debate and move to a vote on the actual amendment. The Senate vote was 49-48 to end debate.

In 2004 they only managed a 48-50 vote.

This DKos diary has details,

All Dems except Ben Nelson and Robert Byrd voted against cloture (Rockefeller and Dodd didn’t vote). 7 Republicans broke with the party and also voted against cloture: Snowe, Collins, McCain, Sununu, Chafee, Gregg and Specter. Gregg and Specter had voted for cloture in 2004, so they are pickups. I don’t believe anyone who voted against the FMA last time switched sides this time.

According to John, Chuck Hagel was not present because he was on the road with Dear Leader, so that means Darth would have been the tie-breaking vote had it come to that. What an irony.

Bring out the tiny violin…

I love it, look at sponsor Sam Brownback‘s lame reaction:


“People are going to be responsible for this vote,” said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. “We are making progress in America on defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.”

Sam, btw, has stated that he will not hire openly gay people.

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