facebook
twitter
search
search

U.S. Senate same-sex vote slated for July

June 17, 2004 at 9:16 AM

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate will vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman the week of July 12, the Washington Times said.

The vote will come two weeks before Democrats convene in Boston for their presidential nomination convention.

Several versions have been introduced, but there is wide support for one sponsored by Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., which says, "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."

The bill then says states are not required to recognize a same-sex "marriage" approved by another state.

A similar version is being sponsored in the House by Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., though House leaders have not scheduled a vote.

Democratic lawmakers were mostly silent on the Republicans' decision to set the vote.

"I wasn't even aware that it had been" set, said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Russia investigates legality of 1991 recognition of Baltic independence
South Korea fires warning shots at boat from North
Islamic State re-captures part of key Kurdish-held border town in Syria
North Korea raises alarm over violent crime
Oklahoma Supreme Court orders removal of 10 Commandments at state capitol