Breaking: Gay Marriage Bill Fails In Senate

And so it is — and just in time for Pride!

Wednesday’s 49-48 vote fell 11 short of the 60 required to send the matter for an up-or-down tally. The 2004 vote was 50-48.

A majority of Americans define marriage as a union of a man and a woman, as the proposed amendment does, according to a poll out this week by ABC News. But an equal majority opposes amending the Constitution on this issue, the poll found.

Gay Marriage Ban Fails in Senate Vote [AP]