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Day February 26, 2004

The FMA is essentially dead in the Senate!

Well, that didn’t take long.
Oxblog posted a nose count
on likely Senate votes on the Federal
Marriage Amendment, and unless something changes radically between now and a
vote, the FMA is toast. 

The nose count has
41 Senators already announcing positions against the amendment, only 28
supporting it publicly, 6 issuing wishy-washy statements which are equivocal,
and 4 undecideds (plus a couple whose opinions are yet unknown).  The list
of folks opposing the amendment includes Washington’s Senators Murray and
Cantwell, along with Chris Dodd, Max Baucus from Montana, Joe Lieberman, Dianne
Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Tom Daschle, and Republican John McCain (among
others).  Naturally, Democratic candidates Kerry and Edwards are both
opposing the amendment. 

The folks indicating
their support for the amendment are, sadly, exactly as you’d expect: 
Trent Lott, Saxby Chambliss, Orrin Hatch, Elizabeth Dole, Bill Frist, Rick
Santorum, and Zell Miller (again, among others). 

Sadly, Olympia Snowe
of Maine, normally a courageous person who speaks her mind, has issued a
“cop-out” statement which neither indicates support nor opposition. 

So again, unless
something radically changes, the FMA will not pass the Senate with the required
super-majority (67 votes), and thus is essentially dead.  Hmmm…that took
about 24 hours.  What will Bush and his team try next?