Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) Introduces Bill to Prohibit Gay Marriages on Military Bases and Protect Anti-Gay Service Members

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) last Thursday introduced the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act in the House, the Washington Blade reports:

HuelskampThe legislation has two parts. The first states that the religious and moral beliefs of service members and military chaplains concerning human sexuality won’t be the basis of adverse personnel action or discrimination in the armed forces. The section section states chaplains may not be forced to perform a rite that is contradictory to their religious teachings, which would include same-sex marriages.

The second section states that a military base can’t be used for any marriage or marriage-like ceremony other than the union of one man, one woman.

Huelskamp is known for pushing anti-gay legislation in the House. Last year, on the same day that President Obama endorsed marriage equality, Huelskamp amended major funding legislation on the House floor to reaffirm the Defense of Marriage Act.

Huelskamp's bill has six co-sponsors: Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Steve King (R-Iowa), Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.)


  1. Gerry says

    Unfortunately this won’t get much attention in the MSM – I wish it would so people would know just bigoted these people are. The more the GOP pushes it’s wingnut agenda the more isolated it will become.

  2. Dale says

    I hope the christian republican freaks continue this hatefest all the way up election day 2-16.

  3. says

    He has four adopted children.

    I don’t think adults who go on record for having anti-gay beliefs should be allowed to adopt. After all, being anti-gay doesn’t mean your children will be straight.

    If you’re not prepared to live in the real world and love and accept children just as they are, you shouldn’t be allowed to adopt.

  4. SFshawn says

    Him and his 6 sponsors need to be called out. They are bigots and haters and want special treatment. It’s 2013 Rethugs and time to open your minds and for some of the closet cases like this idiot to open their obviously tight spincters! lol

  5. Shawn says

    They have time for this kinda crap, yet they couldn’t find time to avoid the sequester. Priorities of the republicans, SAD!

  6. simon says

    He is just wasting time. It won’t pass the Senate and won’t survive presidential veto.

  7. PAUL B. says

    I say we build a fence around him and his three chins (current photo!!!)and wait for nature to take it’s course.

  8. Fahd says

    Not to stoop to his level, but I hope he dies a slow and excruciating cancer death.

  9. Bernie says

    I am just so glad that this brilliant law maker crafted this important legislation to protect moral and religious personnel in the military from those mean ol’gays……….not only is this a total waste of time, but religious personnel are already protected……..this is such a pathetic waste of time and taxpayer money

  10. says

    i agree with Little kiwi:

    being anti-gay is an indication of bias/prejudice/intolerance……..and should be a bar to an application to adopt.

    Adopting children into such a household of prejudice is manifestly not in the best interests of the child.
    i hope the Social services have noted this individual for immediate investigation to protect those children.

  11. walter says

    kansas if we get lucky a tornado will drop a house on him and the rest of the gop

  12. BobN says

    Nothing says “freedom of religion” like the Congress dictating what rites cannot be performed in military chapels…

  13. Francis says

    Bills like this, which guys like Huelskamp, King, Hartzler and these other bigots know wont pass, is all about sticking to our community and sending a “I hate you” message against us. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Kiwi is right, that men like Huelskamp should not be allowed to adopt. Nor should they be allowed to be teachers or officials in schools at all. There needs to be active movement against allowing anti-gay bigots anywhere where they have authority of children.

  14. Michael says

    I will never understand why media outlets insist on plastering pics of huge Nelly queens to these articles.

  15. andrew says

    Poor Tim doesn’t realize that history is passing him by. His grandchildren will read about him in the history books the same way George Wallace’s grand children read about him today.

  16. andrew says

    Isn’t it interesting that some of the “liberals” who regularly post on this site would use the law, if they were in power, to prevent people they disagree with from adopting children. They don’t dislike the abuse of power as long as they are the abusers.

  17. kodiak says

    My My! (clutching pearls), he has certainly taken a wide stance on this topic! Please pass the Allfruit.

  18. Gio says

    Andrew + UFFDA = same poster guys.
    Pass it on.

    I’ve been on to them for a bit now.

  19. Duration & Convexity says

    @ Andrew (and UFFDA. I don’t know if you are indeed the same poster as others have suggested)

    But why do you turn every anti gay related news story and reverse it to somehow blame gay people. This is a story about an anti gay heterosexual man, and you’ve turned it into a “I bet some liberal gays…” you’ve also in the past requested we not talk about homophobic public figures, and in extreme cases of homophobia (like anti gay hate crimes) you’ve somehow again turned the tables into blaming sectors of the gay community. Will either of you resolve your issues with the gay community or will you continue to pretend they don’t exist?
    Just sincerely curious.

  20. jjose712 says

    I read the “champlains exception” again and again, and frankly i don’t understand that.
    Champlains are part of a religion if that religion doesn’t accept gay marriage, why the champlains have to do anything at all.
    Protecting them of having to conduct gay marriages is a little redundant

  21. billmiller says

    But they cannot pass any real, sensible legislation while they dicker with bullllllshit!

  22. DC Arnold says

    Is there just no way to undo Gerrymandered districts? Perhaps I’m concerned about the wrong thing. As the nation evolves these asshats stick out like glow in the dark disco balls.

  23. says

    Andrew – and your sockpuppet troll avatars – i know you’re not terribly bright and troll because you have no life to speak of, but just to make one more day in your Closet a little bit sadder, I’ll point out why you’re a complete idiot:


    If one has a brain that is capable of intelligent discernment, they would see that it’s not a case of “different opinions” but about their ability to raise a child in a loving environment. Being anti-gay does not mean your children, biological or adopted, will be straight. SO, an unrepentant anti-gay bigot who adopts children is making it clear that they will not be capable of raising a child in a home environment conducive to an open and compassionate freedom to Be Who You Are.

    Wait, what am I saying? You, oh Trolly One, know exactly what it’s like to be raised by anti-gay bigots, right?

    It’s very simple – being an “abuser”? Yes – one who raises potentially-gay children in an anti-gay household. Either damaging the potentially-gay kids, or creating a new generation of anti-gay bigots, who will torment their peers.

    So that’s why you’re a complete idiot, Andrew, and why UFFDA, your alias puppet buddy, can join you in driving off a cliff.


    you’re welcome for this moment of education.

  24. George says

    Re: “and Protect Anti-Gay Service Members”

    “Protect” them … from WHAT, exactly? Are they in danger because of other people being treated equally before the law???