To quote John McCain, a Republican (but oddly, not entirely stupid) Senator:
"The constitutional amendment we're debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans," McCain said. "It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them."
"The founders wisely made certain that the Constitution is difficult to amend and, as a practical political matter, can't be done without overwhelming public approval. And thank God for that," he said.
The proposed amendment actually tried to block not only marriage, but "the legal incidents thereof" for gays and lesbians, which if you ask me, sounds an awful lot like not even allowing civil unions.
Anyhoo, huzzah again. Huzzah! The CNN story: clicky.
The google news links to 3 bazillion stories: clicky.