Limbaugh falsely claimed "moral victory" on same-sex marriage ban by "getting 50 votes"
In recent weeks, radio host Rush Limbaugh has played fast and loose with the numbers on a variety of issues, ranging from a May 2004 report by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press , to the 2000 presidential election recount , to the federal deficit , to federal education spending . On the July 14 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, he continued this trend by falsely claiming that opponents of same-sex marriage received an "important" "moral victory" by "getting 50 votes" in support of the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The amendment in fact received 48 votes; 50 senators voted against it .
The amendment did not even receive a simple majority , much less the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle. (And 67 "yes" votes are required for a constitutional amendment on final passage.)
Limbaugh also got the number of and the names of the Republican senators who voted against the constitutional amendment wrong when he said, "[T]here were four Republicans -- Collins, Olympia Snowe, Chuck Hagel, and McCain -- who voted against the whole thing in the first place." Of the 50 votes against the amendment, six (not four) came from Republican senators -- and Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) was not among them.
From the July 14 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: I have to tell you Republicans sort of slammed the door on themselves, because there were four Republicans -- Collins, Olympia Snowe, Chuck Hagel, and McCain -- who voted against the whole thing in the first place.
LIMBAUGH: The Senate vote, 50 to 48 on the -- on the constitutional amendment, procedural vote, to ban same-sex marriage. So they -- they got the moral victory of at least getting 50 votes. That is important, but just wait to see the way this is portrayed.