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Now We Know Who’s For Marriage and Who Isn’t

Posted by thelamp on July 27, 2006

It may take several more attempts to pass the federal Marriage Protection Amendment in Congress before it’s sent to the states for ratification. This summer’s votes in the House and Senate, though unsuccessful for advocates of traditional marriage, were useful because they forced every member of Congress to take a stand that many of them will have to defend before the Nov. 7 election.

The House of Representatives failed to pass their version of the MPA last week. The vote was 236 votes in favor, 187 votes against, one vote of “present” and nine Members of Congress not voting. It would have taken 282 votes in favor to approve the amendment. To find out how your Member of Congress voted on the amendment, click here.

In June, the Senate defeated a measure to cut off debate on the amendment. That vote was 49 in favor, 48 against and three not voting, with 60 votes in favor required to call for a vote on the amendment itself. A record of that vote is available here.

Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity, said the time is right for the MPA, even if Congress hasn’t gotten the message yet. “The people are ahead of their leaders on this issue,” he added. “The good news is that all of those legislators who voted against marriage will have to listen to their constituents for a few months before most of them stand for re-election. I’m praying that some of those who don’t see the need for this amendment will have their eyes opened before this issue comes to a vote again.”

When voters have had a chance to endorse marriage as the union of one man and one woman, they have done so 20 out of 20 times. This fall, six more states will vote on constitutional amendments for marriage. They are Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Here are websites for groups supporting this fall’s state marriage amendments. Click on them to learn more about the issue in your state, and to get involved in the effort to protect marriage!

Thanks for making a difference on this vital issue!


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