The Michigan House failed to get enough votes to allow voters to decide this summer whether they want to change the state constitution to limit marriage to one man and one woman.
The House voted 65-38 on the resolution, short of the 73 votes needed to send the resolution to the Senate. Loud applause broke out outside the House chamber and in the balcony after the vote.
About a dozen representatives spoke on both sides of the issue in a mostly silent chamber.
A spokesman for House Speaker Rick Johnson, R-LeRoy, said House leaders haven't set up a time table to reconsider the measure.