Tuesday afternoon, John reported that Senator Robert Bennett had offered an anti-gay amendment to the reconciliation bill currently being debated in the Senate:
One of the Mormon Republican Senators is offering an amendment to the health care reconciliation fix in order to kill marriage equality in DC.
Early this morning, Bennett’s amendment was defeated by a vote of 36 – 59. The roll call is here. All the Democrat who were present voted No. (Byrd and Lautenberg were absent.) But, there were two GOP defections to our side: The Republican Senators from Maine, Collins and Snowe, also voted No.
On the Senate floor, according to the Senate transcript, Bennett said his amendment (the transcript came in caps):”THIS BILL DOES NOT TAKE ANY POSITION WITH RESPECT TO GAY MARRIAGE, SIMPLY ALLOWS THE DISTRICT TO HOLD A REFERENDUM.” Well then, what a coincidence that it’s the exact position of the National Organization for Marriage and Bishop Harry Jackson, the leading opponents of marriage in DC.
But, Bennett, NOM and Jackson all lost this morning in the Senate. I have a feeling they’ll be back.