"[Gay marriage] is the one issue I have seen that eclipses even the abortion issue among Southern Baptists."
--Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA), which would define marriage as solely between a man and a woman, was brought before the Senate again on Wednesday. A vote was taken on whether to end debate and bring the actual FMA to a vote. That proposal was rejected by a 49-48 margin, 11 votes below the 60 required.
Currently, 45 states have passed laws or amended their constitutions to ban same-sex marriages. One state, Massachusetts, has legalized same-sex marriages.
Senate Rejects Gay Marriage Amendment
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