News From The Associated Press - Senate Scuttles Gay Marriage Amendment
All I can say is this: good. The Federal Marriage Amendment has been defeated for the moment, which shows that the constitutional system is working. Same-sex marriage is still something that is best left to individual state legislatures. Federal marriage laws are already on the books thanks to IRS regulations, and we don't need any more federal laws determining what constitutes a marriage. This is one case where the principle of federalism should reign supreme. Let each state make its own laws and apply them.
Should the FMA come back, it will most likely get defeated again. How many times has the flag-burning amendment been defeated now? The FMA is a loser of a bill, and I doubt there are many congressmen who want to attach their names to a loser over and over again.