The Georgia House of Representatives narrowly voted down an amendment to the state constitution that would ban gay marriage, but because twelve voters did not participate in the vote, this story is not over yet:
The Senate had previously approved the measure, so Thursday’s vote could have meant final legislative approval and sent the ban on to voters to decide in the November election.
Seven of the 180 members of the House were present but did not vote, and five others had excused absences. Those 12 lawmakers can be expected to be targets of intense lobbying over the next few days.
Immediately after the vote was counted, Republican members moved for Senate Resolution 595 to be reconsidered on Monday, when the Christian Coalition of Georgia and the gay rights group Georgia Equality had already planned to bring hundreds of their supporters to the Capitol.
If you’re interested in how your Georgia representative voted, go here. This should continue to be one of the more fascinating legislative sessions in Georgia in a long time.
Edited for multiple typos, forgotten title. Remind me to never write a blog entry unless I’m sufficiently caffienated.