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Marriage amendment fails to get 2/3 majority in House

“We have just won several important court decisions in the past few weeks…but the amendment’s proponents are still playing ‘Let’s make a deal’ with the liberals and the homosexual lobby.”
— Traditional Values Coalition’s Andrea Lafferty, who was glad the amendment effort tanked because its language could have opened the door to civil unions.

As expected, the Marilyn Musgrave-sponsored measure went down 236-187, failing to achieve a two-thirds majority (290 votes). Last year, the vote was 227-to-186.

The fundies are either moaning or convincing themselves that they have the wind at their backs. (AP):

“The overwhelming majority of the American people support traditional marriage,” said Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., sponsor of the amendment. “And the people have a right to know whether their elected representatives agree with them.”

…The White House, in a statement Tuesday, urged passage of the measure. “When activist judges insist on redefining the fundamental institution of marriage for their states or potentially for the entire country, the only alternative left to make the people’s voice heard is an amendment of the Constitution.”

“Our momentum in the states is extremely strong and Washington is playing catch-up,” said Matt Daniels, president of the Alliance for Marriage.

The Senate already tossed out its version when it came up for a vote in June, 49-48. The AmTaliban had predicted over 50 votes; they only managed to garner one more (the tally was 48-50 in 2004).

This vote was the third piece of this year’s election strategy extravaganza, the House Republican American Values Agenda. How about this quote from the Tyrannosaurus of Turpitude, sex machine House Speaker Denny Hastert:

“For thousands of years the definition of marriage has been the union between one man and one woman. Marriage is the very foundation of our society where families are formed and communities are established. Today we are seeking to protect this vital institution as it is under attack by activist judges across the nation. Forty-five states have passed laws or constitutional amendments defining marriage between a man and a woman, yet non- elected, liberally motivated judges have overturned the voice of the American people time after time. It’s unfortunate that more than a majority of democrats today have sided with these liberal judges and voted against this measure. Be assured that this issue is not over and that we will continue to send a message to the American people that preserving and protecting marriage is a priority and we will continue to fight for the American family on this front and others.

Good As You has clips of some Tar Heel House Bigots — Rep. Robin Hayes, Rep. Virginia Foxx, and Rep. Patrick McHenry, all bleating away during the debate.

Here’s brain-dead Robin Hayes (check out coverage on this clown at BlueNC):

“Heterosexual unions have a biological potential to provide society with a tangible benefit — children.”


Angie Paccione (l) has a chance to unseat the unforgivable bigot Musgrave.

By the way, Marilyn Musgrave’s challenger is State Rep. Angie Paccione. Gay-supportive Paccione just announced that she has actually outraised Musgrave by $60,000 in the second quarter of this year. Buxxx to Marilyn’s coffers have dropped $34,000 since last quarter.

Paccione noted that while Musgrave receives the vast majority of her money from special interests outside of Colorado, her own donations come from Coloradans who give less than $100. Ninety percent of Paccione’s donors come from Colorado, and 87 percent of donors gave less than $100.

Paccione added that a recent CD4 poll showed her and the incumbent Musgrave in a virtual tie, with 51 percent of voters wanting someone new, and with only 34 percent voting to re-elect Musgrave.

Angie has a post up at DKos, “Marilyn Musgrave’s last attack on the Constitution.”

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