Senator Bennett’s health care bill amendment that sought to strip D.C. of marriage equality, was defeated in a largely party-line vote.
By Advocate.com Editors
In the early morning hours of March 25, an amendment to the health care reconciliation bill proposed by Senator Robert Bennett from Utah that would have stripped the District of Columbia of it’s recently enacted marriage equality law and forced a referendum, was defeated by a vote of 36–59. Only two Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine, crossed party lines to vote against the amendment (a vote to keep D.C.’s marriage equality law intact). Two independent senators, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, also voted no. All Democratic senators present voted no.