Same Sex Marriage

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After two days of debate, the Senate has rejected a constitutional change to ban gay marriage.

The vote was 49 to 48 with a few moderate Republicans joining most Senate Democrats in opposition.

But supporters say the individual votes will give Conservative Republicans a reason to show up on Election Day in November.

The test ballot fell eleven short of the 60 that would be needed to send the matter on for an up-or-down vote by the full senate.

Republican John McCain, who opposed the measure, says he thinks most Americans don't buy the argument that traditional marriage is under siege.