Senate blocks ban on same-sex marriage

A bid by U.S. President George W. Bush to make opposition to gay marriage an election-year issue suffered a major setback yesterday when enough members of his own party ignored his entreaties that the issue died in the Senate.
Even though Republicans control the upper chamber of Congress, they could not force a vote on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to outlaw gay marriage . a gambit Democrats had dismissed as a political move to create an election-year wedge issue.
Also central to the Republican strategy was forcing presumed Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and his running mate John Edwards off the campaign trail and into the Senate to vote against the amendment.

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