The senate voted 48-50 against proceeding with the Federal Marriage Amendment debate. 60 votes were needed to survive a procedural vote on cloture, which would prevent a filibuster. Bush is “deeply disappointed” with the vote, but considers it only a temporary setback.
Here is a complete rundown of the vote. As expected, the vote was divided pretty much along party lines, although 3 democrats – Byrd (WV), Miller (GA), and Nelson (NE) voted for the measure. I’m proud to say both Florida senators voted against it.
Maybe now the government can get back to more important business, like Iraq and the war on terrorism.