The Senate defeated a Bush and heavily Republican-backed amendment to ban gay marriage in this country. The amendment would have forced states not to recognize any same-sex unions.
But it needed at least two-thirds votes in the Senate today and failed to garner enough support by 18 votes. Two Republicans even “flip-flopped” sides. (Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.)
Bush said he was disappointed by the vote, but it often takes time to amend the Constitution.
“Our nation’s founders set a high bar for amending our Constitution and history has shown us that it can take several tries before an amendment builds the two-thirds support it needs in both houses of Congress,” the president said in a statement.
Thank goodness our Founding Fathers raised the bar so high! But even more reassuring: Despite the fact that most Americans define “marriage” as a union between a man and a woman, an equal majority is against amending the constitution to set in stone, according to the Associated Press.