'Vote Against Judicial Tyrants,' Conservatives Plead

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The Christian Coalition of America is urging Senators to vote "yes" on ending debate; and "yes" on passing the Federal Marriage Amendment itself, when political push comes to shove on Wednesday.

Both votes will be scored in the Christian Coalition 's 2004 Congressional Scorecard and in its 2004 Voter Guides, which are distributed around the nation before the November election, the group said.

"Indeed, the vote to protect the institution of marriage between only a man and a woman from left-wing judicial tyrants is so important, every Christian Coalition congressional scorecard in the future will note how each remaining Senator voted on the 2004 Federal Marriage Amendment," the group said in a statement.

Roberta Combs, President of Christian Coalition of America, said the goal is to "protect marriage" as it has always been.

"The fact that the U.S. Congress has to even have a debate and a vote to protect the institution of marriage between a man and a woman shows how dangerous many state and federal judges have become to our democratic republic," Combs said.

"The vote on Wednesday is occurring mainly because four left-wing state judges in Massachusetts, in a 4-3 decision, dictated to America that homosexuals could marry in the state of Massachusetts."

Combs urged all Senators to vote "yes" on the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment. But, she added, "If left-wing Democrats are successful in preventing the U.S. Senate from even having a vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment on Wednesday, Christian Coalition urges the Senate majority to hold a vote to break the filibuster every week until they give up their filibuster."

"We are just beginning to defend marriage," Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment, said in a floor debate on Tuesday. He said the debate "may go well beyond this year."

Republicans doubt they have enough votes to cut off debate on the FMA. But, they say, at least the debate has started.

'Passions run high'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) issued a statement on Tuesday, saying he opposes same-sex marriage -- but he also opposes a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The votes just aren't there anyway, McCain said. "By my count, there is not at this time even a small majority of senators who would vote for Senator Allard's amendment, much less the 67 votes required by the Constitution."

McCain said that won't change until public opinion also changes:

"I know passions run high on this issue," McCain said. "Americans who support the federal marriage amendment do so very forcefully. They want this vote. But they should also know, and we should make sure they do know, that it will never be adopted until many more Americans feel as strongly as they do."

McCain added that he believes supporters of the amendment "have every right to demand a vote, even if the outcome is well known."

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