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Pro / Anti Marriage Groups Agree: The Fight Continues

While advocates for marriage equality celebrated the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, supporters of traditional marriage promised to battle on.

Immediately after the ruling was announced, Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp told Beltway Buzz he intends to reintroduce the Federal Marriage Amendment soon. The measure, which aims to limit marriage to the union of one man and one woman, has been voted on in the past but failed to secure the two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, a prerequisite to ratification by three-fourths of the states in order for it to become an amendment to the Constitution.

The last time supporters of traditional marriage pushed FMA in 2006, it was backed by former President George W. Bush when Republicans controlled the House and Senate. If their efforts floundered then, the GOP probably doesn't stand much of a chance this time around now with Democrats in control of the White House and the Senate. (That's not to mention the shift in public sentiment since then.)

Still, just as gay advocates say they'll continue their fight for the right of same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states, opponents vow they will defend traditional marriage.

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