A constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage died in the Senate this month despite intense pressure from President Bush, prominent religious leaders and a host of conservative activists.
The amendment, which would have limited marriage in the U.S. to “only the union of a man and a woman,” gained one vote since 2004, the last time the Senate took up the measure. On June 7, the vote was 49-48.
The measure required 60 votes to end debate and 67 votes to pass.
Senator Judd Gregg (R., N.H.), who voted for the amendment in 2004 but rejected it this time, said in a statement that “the past two years have shown that federalism, not more federal laws, is a viable and preferable approach.”