It's no secret that the majority of Senators don't feel there should be a constitutional amendment to address this issue, but the Republican leadership has elected to pander to the bigots in its party. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060605/pl_nm/rights_gays_congress_dc_2 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Urged on by President George W. Bush, the U.S. Senate on Monday debated a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that both backers and opponents say has little chance of passage. Bush, speaking out again on the hot-button election-year issue, and other advocates said the amendment would prevent "activist judges" from striking down existing state laws that prohibit same-sex marriage. Opponents said the measure was a transparent attempt to shore up support among social conservatives before November's congressional election, in a similar manner to 2004, at a time when Congress should be dealing with issues like high gasoline prices and the war in Iraq. "The reason for this debate is to divide our society, to pit one against another," Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said.