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Musgrave's home state ducks vote on gay marriage

Musgrave's home state ducks vote on gay marriage

Lawmakers in U.S. representative Marilyn Musgrave's home state of Colorado effectively killed a resolution Friday supporting her proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriages. The measure has been awaiting a vote since it was introduced in February. Lawmakers had said it probably didn't have enough support to pass, but some wanted to begin the debate on what has become a national issue. However, state representative Brad Young, who lives in Musgrave's district, suggested delaying action on the bill until May 6, the day after the legislative session ends, a maneuver sometimes used to avoid a vote on controversial topics. Young said he was worried the resolution wouldn't pass the 65-member house, a chamber where Musgrave, a Colorado Republican, once served. "I'm concerned if that scoreboard doesn't show 33 votes," he said, referring to the electronic board that displays members' votes. Musgrave was not immediately available for comment. State representative Kevin Lundberg, who had sponsored the legislation, said delaying a vote was the same thing as voting down the resolution. He and others unsuccessfully urged lawmakers to take a position on gay marriage "before courts redefine it." "If we don't take a stand and step forward on what is marriage, our country is going to probably fall just like Rome did," said state representative Lynn Hefley.

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