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House Rejects Gay Marriage Amendment


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(CBS/AP) The House on Tuesday rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, ending for another year a congressional debate that supporters of the ban hope will still reverberate in this fall's election.


The 236-187 vote for the proposal to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman was 47 short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance a constitutional amendment. The amendment was not expected to pass, CBS News correspondent Bob Fuss reports, and it followed six weeks after the Senate also decisively defeated the amendment, a top priority of social conservatives.





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