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S J Res 40 - Federal Marriage Amendment - National Key Vote

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Title: Federal Marriage Amendment

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on an amendment to the Constitution to define a marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Highlights:

  • Prohibits individual states from providing recognition of marital status and/or legal benefits to any other unions other than those consisting of one man and one woman (Sec. 2).

NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.

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