(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House Thursday rejected a constitutional amendment which would ban homosexual "marriage" by failing to garner the two-thirds needed to pass the measure, which had already been rejected by the Senate.
The vote was a blow to conservative and pro-family groups. Focus on the Family was "profoundly disappointed by the news" but promised "the battle for the traditional family will continue on."
"Why does this disregard for our most basic social unit surprise us?" asked Focus on the Family founder and Chairman Dr. James Dobson.
"For more than 30 years, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress chose to tax families raising children at a higher rate than those couples simply cohabiting, and have revealed a peculiar disregard for the welfare of American families," Dobson said in a statement.
The Family Research Council also expressed optimism the fight for the marriage amendment is not over.
"We may not have won by 2/3, but momentum is on our side. We have a majority of Congressional members on record now who are seeking to protect marriage," said FRC President Tony Perkins in a statement.
"We have 13 states that have passed or [are] seeking to pass marriage protection amendments to their state constitutions this election cycle and we have a president who supports this amendment," said FRC President Tony Perkins.
"The constitutional problem created by almost a decade of activist lawsuits to destroy our marriage laws demands a constitutional fix," said Alliance for Marriage President Matt Daniels.
"This vote is very important because it puts lawmakers on record concerning this issue. No one expected the marriage amendment to garner two-thirds approval in the House on the first vote," said American Center for Law and Justice chief counsel Jay Sekulow in a statement.
"But this majority vote in favor of the amendment sets the stage for this amendment to return to the House in the next Congress," Sekulow added.
See Earlier Story:
House to Vote Thursday on Marriage Protection Act (Sept. 30, 2004)
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