With about 550,000 votes counted, Proposition 2 was heading for ratification with 75.5 percent in favor.
The outcome was expected even by opponents and continued a backlash to the movement for same-sex marriage that seemed to gain momentum when a Massachusetts court legalized gay unions in 2004.
Since then, same-sex marriage has suffered a string of losses at the polls as citizens elsewhere have rejected the notion.
Texas was the only state with such a measure on the ballot. The home state of President George W. Bush already had a law barring gay marriage but proponents of the measure, mostly Republicans, sought a constitutional amendment to block a possible court challenge similar to the one in Massachusetts.
The opposition, largely Democratic, argued the amendment was unnecessary and worded so broadly that it could infringe on existing rights of homosexuals, like their ability to visit a gravely ill partner in the hospital.
Several other states have laws, but not constitutional language, defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Bush and some Republicans have sought an amendment to the U.S. Constitution barring same-sex marriage, but the effort has yet to gain traction.
I am not surprised by this, just disappointed and saddended at the backlash of gay rights in America and the world in general. Gay Marriage was used as an issue in last year's election to divert attention to other issues that really mattered, the war, the economy, health care, etc. It was also a way for the Democratic Party to take a stance less than oppositional to the Republican Party's "perserving the institution of marriage" stance, and the Republican Party states they see homosexuality as unacceptable "lifestyle." It would be political suicide for any Democratic nominee or candidate to support the idea of gay marriage and to state it.
Gay rights just isn't about gay marriage, and when people think of gay rights, gay marriage is the first and sometimes only issue they think of when it comes to gay rights. The inequality faced by LGBT individuals is not just dealing with whether or not one can marry some of the same sex. There is so much more to than that, and unforuntately Americans cannot see that.