Whitfield Votes to Protect Marriage
WASHINGTON, July 18 U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield today joined a majority of his House
colleagues in voting for the Marriage Protection Amendment, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
While the 236 to 187 vote marked a stronger showing over previous House votes on the subject, the measure still fell short of the two-thirds margin necessary to approve amendments to the Constitution.
In 2004, voters approved an amendment to the Kentucky State Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriages by a nearly 3 to 1 margin. To date, efforts at the federal level to pass a similar amendment have proven unsuccessful.
Whitfield, who cosponsored the resolution, said that he would continue to fight for a federal marriage amendment.
"Passing this amendment was never expected to be an easy task. Unfortunately, it is much more difficult to amend the Constitution through the democratic process than through the decision of a panel of unelected judges," said Whitfield.
"This is amendment is worth fighting for, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to protect the sanctity of marriage at the federal level," continued Whitfield.