(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Murray voted against a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. The measure failed 49-48. (Sixty votes were required).

Senator Murray issued the following statement:

"I oppose a constitutional amendment that would deny same-sex couples the rights and protections that other Americans enjoy, and I am deeply concerned by this effort to use the Constitution to take away the rights of individuals. That's why today I voted against the so-called 'Marriage Protection Amendment,' just as I did in 2004.

With a war overseas, painful cuts to healthcare and education here at home, veterans being denied healthcare, soaring energy costs and mounting debt, the Republican majority should stop wasting time on divisive election-year politics and start focusing on the real challenges facing the American people."