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Here’s how your Senator voted on the Marriage Amendment

On July 14, by a vote of 48 to 50, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA).

FMA is a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and prevent liberal judges from reading a “right” to same-sex marriage or civil unions into state or federal constitutions.

Although some legislators have previously argued that the Constitution is not the right forum for protecting traditional marriage, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision last year–which mandated gay marriage in that state without any legislation or other input by elected representatives–made it painfully obvious that a Constitutional amendment is the only remedy.

A “yes” vote was a vote for the cloture motion, to bring the federal marriage amendment to consideration and a final vote — in effect, a “yes” vote was a vote to protect traditional marriage. A “no” vote was a vote to kill FMA–in effect, a vote for homosexual marriage.

For the Motion: 48 Against the Motion: 50
REPUBLICANS FOR (45):
Alexander
Allard
Allen
Bennett
Bond
Brownback
Bunning
Burns
Chambliss
Cochran
Coleman
Cornyn
Craig
Crapo
DeWine
Dole
Domenici
Ensign
Enzi
Fitzgerald
Frist
Graham (S.C.)
Grassley
Gregg
Hagel
Hatch
Hutchison
Inhofe
Kyl
Lott
Lugar
McConnell
Murkowski
Nickles
Roberts
Santorum
Sessions
Shelby
Smith
Specter
Stevens
Talent
Thomas
Voinovich
Warner

DEMOCRATS FOR (3):
Byrd
Miller
Nelson (Neb.)

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (6):
Campbell
Chafee
Collins
McCain
Snowe
Sununu

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (43):
Akaka
Baucus
Bayh
Biden
Bingaman
Boxer
Breaux
Cantwell
Carper
Clinton
Conrad
Corzine
Daschle
Dayton
Dodd
Dorgan
Durbin
Feingold
Feinstein
Graham (Fla.)
Harkin
Hollings
Inouye
Johnson
Kennedy
Kohl
Landrieu
Lautenberg
Leahy
Levin
Lieberman
Lincoln
Mikulski
Murray
Nelson (Fla.)
Pryor
Reed (R.I.)
Reid (Nev.)
Rockefeller
Sarbanes
Schumer
Stabenow
Wyden

INDEPENDENTS AGAINST (1):
Jeffords

NOT VOTING: 2

REPUBLICANS (0): DEMOCRATS (2):
. Edwards
Kerry
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