The two Connecticut Democrats said they would vote against the resolution now under debate in the U.S. Senate as they did two years ago, when a similar resolution was rejected.
"I have opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment when it has come up in the past and I will oppose it again, because I believe it should be up to each state to define marriage within its own borders," Lieberman said.
Marvin Fast, a spokesman for Dodd, said that the senator remains firmly opposed to a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and stands behind his statements made on the Senate floor two years ago in opposition to a similar resolution.
During that debate, Dodd argued that adoption of the resolution would be "a step backward for all Americans concerned with the Constitution" because it would deny rather than confer rights upon individuals.
I'm not surprised that our Senators are opposed. Scapegoating Gays and Lesbians won't win them any political points at home. I'm still convinced that this amendment won't even come up for a full vote in the Senate. Bill Frist must know that he doesn't have the votes.
It's interesting to note that both Dodd and Lieberman voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act which defines the terms 'marriage' and 'spouse' as a union between one man and one woman for federal purposes. That was back in 1996. I have to wonder if they'd vote the same way today. Their personal views may not have changed, but the political climate certainly has.
Urban, Peter. "Dodd, Lieberman nix amendment on same-sex marriage". Connecticut Post. 6/6/06
H.R.3396, "Defense of Marriage Act". The Library of Congress Thomas.