July 14, 2004: Senate Scuttles Gay Marriage Amendment (AP)

  • Bush’s Democratic rival, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, skipped the vote. He issued a statement expressing renewed opposition to the amendment and accusing Republicans of seeking to alter the Constitution for political gain. “The unfortunate result is that the important work of the American people — funding our homeland security needs, creating new and better jobs, and raising the minimum wage — is not getting done,” he said.