Although a proposed constitutional amendment to define matrimony solely as a one-man, one-woman compact fell flat in the U.S. Senate last month, political and religious advocates say their efforts to deny marriage to same-sex couples are not over.
Senators defeated the amendment July 14 in a 50-48 procedural vote; 60 votes were needed to keep it alive, and 67 votes were needed for it to pass. Members of Congress were deluged with messages from conservative Christians to advance the measure during the legislators’ debate, while liberal church leaders decried what they called an attempt to use the Constitution to restrict rights.
“The battle has just begun,” said Senator Wayne Allard (R., Colo.), the amendment’s chief sponsor. “As John Paul Jones once said in one of his battles, ‘I have just begun to fight.”’