July 18, 2006: House rejects gay marriage ban amendment (AP)

  • “This is a partisan effort by Republicans to divide the American people rather than forge consensus to solve our urgent problems,” said Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
  • “The overwhelming majority of the American people support traditional marriage,” said Rep. Marilyn Musgrave , R-Colo., sponsor of the amendment. “And the people have a right to know whether their elected representatives agree with them.”