Senate defeats anti-marriage amendment offered by Utah’s Bennett

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.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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