The US House of Representatives late Thursday afternoon failed to pass a proposed constitutional amendment known as the Marriage Protection Amendment (HJ Res. 106). The Amendment would have provided:
Marriage in the United States shall consist solely of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.The roll-call vote on the measure was 227-186 in favor, with 36 Democrats supporting the resolution and 27 Republicans opposing it; two-thirds approval would have been necessary for passage. The ACLU has issued this press release applauding the House vote. AP has more.