ACLU Applauds House for Rejecting Discriminatory Constitutional Amendment
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WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a discriminatory proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gay and lesbian couples and their children. Today’s move follows a similar rejection by both houses of Congress in 2004, and by the Senate last month.
“Today, the House joined the Senate in rejecting the use of the Constitution to discriminate against Americans,” said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “Election year politics should not be usedto target gay and lesbian families. As they have done before, the House todayrightly rejected that ploy.”
The House vote was 236 to 187, with one member voting present, which was – once again – far short of the two-thirds required to pass a constitutional amendment. The ACLU noted that supporters of the discriminatory amendment gained no ground over their major defeat two years ago:
- The House vote in 2004 was 49 votes short of the two-thirds required for passage; today, the House vote was 47 votes short of the two-thirds required for passage;
- In 2004, 27 Republicans in the House voted against the discriminatory amendment; today, 27 Republicans in the House voted against the discriminatory amendment;
- In 2004, 36 Democrats in the House voted for the discriminatory amendment; today, only 34 Democrats in the House voted for the discriminatory amendment.
“Today’s vote makes clear that the political tactic of division and discrimination hasn’t gained any new supporters,” said Christopher Anders, an ACLU Legislative Counsel. “It’s time for the House to start addressing the real problems of America and get the country on track.”
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