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How senators voted on the marriage amendment
Posted on Jun 7, 2006 | by Staff

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WASHINGTON (BP)--The United States Senate defeated June 7 an attempt to halt debate and proceed to a vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment, S.J. Res. 1. The parliamentary procedure is known as “invoking cloture.”

The roll call was 49-48 in favor of holding a vote on the amendment, but the effort needed 60 votes to succeed.

How the senators voted is listed below, arranged in categories of “yes,” “no” and “not voting.” A “yes” vote means a senator was in favor of bringing the amendment to the floor for an up-or-down vote.

YES (49): DEMOCRATS (2) -- Robert Byrd, W.Va.; Ben Nelson, Neb. REPUBLICANS (47) -- Lamar Alexander, Tenn.; Wayne Allard, Colo.; George Allen, Va.; Robert Bennett, Utah; Christopher Bond, Mo.; Sam Brownback, Kan.; Jim Bunning, Ky.; Conrad Burns, Mont.; Richard Burr, N.C.; Saxby Chambliss, Ga.; Tom Coburn, Okla.; Thad Cochran, Miss.; Norm Coleman, Minn.; John Cornyn, Texas; Larry Craig, Idaho; Michael Crapo, Idaho; Jim DeMint, S.C.; Mike DeWine, Ohio; Elizabeth Dole, N.C.; Pete Domenici, N.M.; John Ensign, Nev.; Michael Enzi, Wyo.; Bill Frist, Tenn.; Lindsey Graham, S.C.; Charles Grassley, Iowa; Orrin Hatch, Utah; Kay Hutchison, Texas; James Inhofe, Okla.; Johnny Isakson, Ga.; Jon Kyl, Ariz.; Trent Lott, Miss.; Richard Lugar, Ind.; Mel Martinez, Fla.; Mitch McConnell, Ky.; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; Pat Roberts, Kan.; Rick Santorum, Pa.; Jeff Sessions, Ala.; Richard Shelby, Ala.; Gordon Smith, Ore.; Ted Stevens, Alaska; Jim Talent, Mo.; Craig Thomas, Wyo.; John Thune, S.D.; David Vitter, La.; George Voinovich, Ohio; John Warner, Va.

NO (48): DEMOCRATS (40) -- Daniel Akaka, Hawaii; Max Baucus, Mont.; Evan Bayh, Ind.; Joseph Biden, Del.; Jeff Bingaman, N.M.; Barbara Boxer, Calif.; Maria Cantwell, Wash.; Thomas Carper, Del.; Hillary Clinton, N.Y.; Kent Conrad, N.D.; Mark Dayton, Minn.; Byron Dorgan, N.D.; Richard Durbin, Ill.; Russ Feingold, Wis.; Dianne Feinstein, Calif.; Tom Harkin, Iowa; Daniel Inouye, Hawaii; Tim Johnson, S.D.; Edward Kennedy, Mass.; John Kerry, Mass.; Herbert Kohl, Wis.; Mary Landrieu, La.; Frank Lautenberg, N.J.; Patrick Leahy, Vt.; Carl Levin, Mich.; Joseph Lieberman, Conn.; Blanche Lincoln, Ark.; Robert Menendez, N.J.; Barbara Mikulski, Md.; Patty Murray, Wash.; Bill Nelson, Fla.; Barack Obama, Ill.; Mark Pryor, Ark.; Jack Reed, R.I.; Harry Reid, Nev.; Ken Salazar, Colo.; Paul Sarbanes, Md.; Charles Schumer, N.Y.; Debbie Stabenow, Mich.; Ron Wyden, Ore. REPUBLICANS (7) -– Lincoln Chafee, R.I.; Susan Collins, Maine; Judd Gregg, N.H.; John McCain, Ariz.; Olympia Snowe, Maine; Arlen Specter, Pa.; John Sununu, N.H. INDEPENDENTS (1) -- James Jeffords, Vt.

NOT VOTING (3): DEMOCRATS (2) -- Christopher Dodd, Conn.; John Rockefeller, W.Va. REPUBLICANS (1) -- Chuck Hagel, Neb.
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