June 15, 2004


GOP Planning July Vote on Gay Marriage Amendment (Mark Preston, Jun. 15, 2004, Roll Call)

The Senate Republican leadership is aiming for a mid-July vote on a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, forcing Democrats to take a stand on the controversial topic just before the party heads to Boston for its presidential nominating convention.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2004 11:28 PM


Let it go the way of ERA. And do it after the election.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 16, 2004 2:58 AM

No, do it ASAP. That will force Kerry to either quit the Senate or make a stand by voting. I venture he'll miss that vote one way or another.

Posted by: Tom Wall at June 16, 2004 3:36 AM

Sandy P:
How is this idiotic when the majority does not support gay marriage?

Posted by: jd watson at June 16, 2004 5:01 AM

I would add to JD's: How is this idiotic when it mastrings one's opponents on a hot-button issue right before they spend a week before the cameras?

I never thought I'd say this, but: The GOP is showing some real acumen these days.

Posted by: Chris at June 16, 2004 7:05 AM

Hamstrings one's opponents. And I previewed.

Posted by: Chris at June 16, 2004 7:06 AM

I will have to change my opinion here. I now don't think that Kerry is going to resign _at all_, period. He's going to hedge his bets because he sees the trainwreck coming and he wants to stay employed no matter what. Joe Lieberman did the same thing in '00.

Posted by: Joe at June 16, 2004 8:08 AM

This sounds promising but hasn't the Dem Senate been able to block controversial votes like this via filibuster or threat of filibuster? If the GOP shows some spine and the vote actually occurs I look for Kerry to avoid the vote but not resign his seat.

Posted by: AWW at June 16, 2004 9:51 AM

If there is a Dem filibuster the GOP can force a vote on the cloture motion. Same result: Vote goes on the record.

Posted by: Gideon at June 16, 2004 2:24 PM