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Senate Won't Vote on Gay Marriage Ban

The Senate ends the prospect of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, at least for this year. An attempt to cut off debate and proceed to a vote on the amendment won the backing of less than half the Senate, far short of the two-thirds needed to approve the amendment itself. Six Republicans voted with Democrats, defeating the effort 50-48. NPR's David Welna reports.

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David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.