Gay Marriage Bill Set To Fail In Senate

Not that it was expected to pass, but President Bush’s push to add an ammendent to the Constitution banning gay marriage isn’t expected to secure enough votes in the Senate and, like Janet Jackson’s repeated attempts at a comeback (hey, we love her too), the effort is doomed to fail.

As that hearing gets under way, debate on the marriage amendment will enter its second day on the Senate floor. All but one of the Senate Democrats – the exception is Ben Nelson of Nebraska – oppose the measure and, with moderate Republicans, are expected to block an up-or-down vote, killing the measure for the year.

Democrats say the amendment is a divisive bow to religious conservatives, and point out that it conflicts with the GOP’s opposition to big government interference.

Unless, of course, you point to the GOP’s position on “family”:

”Marriage between one man and one woman does a better job protecting children better than any other institution humankind has devised,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. ”As such, marriage as an institution should be protected, not redefined.”

Gay Marriage Ban Is Short of Votes in Senate [NYT]