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Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) To Introduce Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

TimRepresentative Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) is waisting no time in his push to to see gay marriage outlawed nationwide. Today, Huelskamp announced his intention to introduce the Federal Marriage Amendment later this week. The Huffington Post reports:

Huelskamp said he plans to introduce the Federal Marriage Amendment later this week, a measure that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. DOMA did the same thing, but was a federal law, not a constitutional amendment. As such, the Federal Marriage Act is more far-reaching but also a tougher climb. It requires the support of two-thirds of the House and Senate, and ratification by three-fourths of the states, or 38 states.

"This would trump the Supreme Court," Huelskamp told The Huffington Post.

Huelskamp said his bill has no cosponsors yet, but said its language will be almost identical to past Federal Marriage Amendments introduced in Congress. The last time Congress voted on the proposed constitutional amendment was in July 2006, when it failed 236-187. It needed 290 votes to pass. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) were among those who voted for the amendment at the time. 

You will recall back in March Huelskamp introduced a bill to prohibit gay marriages on military bases and protect anti-gay service members

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  1. You can't stop an tidal wave with a piece of paper. But good luck trying - I'm sure you'll waste millions of taxpayer dollars in the process.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jun 26, 2013 9:05:42 PM

  2. A full 30 percent of the country already has same sex marriage. You need 3/4 of the states to kick in on a constitutional amendment...good f*cking luck.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jun 26, 2013 9:10:26 PM

  3. oh come ON, Blanche!

    really? here's something funny: Gay Republican blogs today went on and on nobody is working to fix the economy. Uh...ok. And by "nobody" they mean, of course, "Democrats."

    riiight. well, um, what use is this nonsense? GOP bobbleheads vented their bigoted fury today. Gay Conservative bloggers ignored it. And now this @sshat demands a constitutional amendment. and the gay conservative blogosphere remains....silent. as to be expected. Good little House-F@ggots don't wanna piss off their oppressors, eh?

    and as Chadd points out - this nonsense costs money. And banning gay couples from marrying doesn't MAKE money.

    So..economy whatnow?

    But let's be real here- this dude has a secret. Either a teen-years experience he's still living down, or a closeted gay kid at home he wants to scare into never shaming him by being an Out and Proud member of the diverse LGBT Community.

    Whatever the excuse, it's pathetic. And it's INCUMBENT on "gay republicans" to do the work they pretend to do, and actually call OUT this nonsense.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 26, 2013 9:11:44 PM

  4. 'Politico quoted a Republican Steering Committee member as saying that Huelskamp and colleagues Justin Amash and David Schweikert – who were also stripped of committee assignments – were "the most egregious a**holes" in the House Republican Conference.'

    Repugnant to his own Party.

    WTH were you thinking Kansas?

    Where are all the GOPers who post here claiming how the Republicans are our allies. How do you explain this lovely bit of support?

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 26, 2013 9:12:44 PM

  5. CA's are proposed quite frequently in the House and they all lose.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 26, 2013 9:15:55 PM

  6. @JONES - it's like i said. they run screaming from reality. check out ANY gay republican blogs today. they're pathetically searching for any angle possible to complain about democrats or "liberals" - all the while ignoring that filth their own party has spewed today.

    Dear Gay Republicans, this is why your party doesn't accept you. It's not that "we liberals" make you look bad, it's that you present yourselves as doormat wimps. You Gay Republicans should be out making noise, chastising these people for forgetting that... you know... the CONSTITUTION demands a separation of church and state, and all your beloved GOP idiots are rambling on and on today about Jesus. or something.

    You're republicans. It's your job to change your own people.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 26, 2013 9:18:23 PM

  7. Oh PLEASE let this guy be the one Mike Rodgers is threatening to out.

    Posted by: OHBobcat | Jun 26, 2013 9:23:30 PM

  8. Hey Kiwi
    Yup. Fundamentalist hater heads were exploding all over the US today.
    There's enough that Andy can post them for a month.

    Know what though .... today I don't care about them.
    I'm celebrating.

    National Equality Day.
    A day like this doesn't happen often in a lifetime and I'm making it memorable.

    Hugs Kiwi.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 26, 2013 9:26:53 PM

  9. A little meaningless effort to ensure that he can keep his House seat in the next election cycle since Kansas is one of those states where if you are not batshit over religion, over-the-top homophobic, racist, misogynistic, anti-intellectual, and paranoid about government coming to take your guns away, you are most likely not going to get the votes of those Kansans.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Jun 26, 2013 9:29:03 PM

  10. A desperate act that seemingly proves that our current Constitution allows marriage equality, and they have no valid arguments.

    Posted by: Rexford | Jun 26, 2013 9:31:07 PM

  11. I think you're a closet case Kiwi. By your estimation everyone is without a doubt.

    Posted by: Eb | Jun 26, 2013 9:31:17 PM

  12. @JONES - you too, brother!

    *cues "brand new day" from THE WIZ*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 26, 2013 9:34:34 PM

  13. I will never forget his face, the face of hate.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 26, 2013 9:35:05 PM

  14. I will never forget his face, the face of hate.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 26, 2013 9:35:06 PM

  15. Ah don't ya just love small government schadenfreude Republicans? Looks like they too Jeb Bush's pep talk about how to talk nice but still be a giant doosh that promotes only those things that are anti-equality, anti-liberty, anti-middle class and anti-America.

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | Jun 26, 2013 9:35:25 PM

  16. Agreed OHBobcat. And, of course, true to the species, he has total gay face:

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jun 26, 2013 9:36:17 PM

  17. ...and then they will address JOBS? Or will that be after the 38th Anti-abortion bill, the 39th Anti-abortion bill...

    ...and they keep getting re-elected. Over and over and over again.

    To paraphrase it; "This is the best congress money can by?"

    Posted by: Rad | Jun 26, 2013 9:44:19 PM

  18. If Washington is a company, this guy would have been fire !! Why was he elected in the first place? Is that all he cares about? Is there nothing more important to focus on instead of pandering to the crazies? What a waste of tax payers money. If he can't see this as a human right issue, he's not qualify to be a law maker. Get out and stop embarrassing the nation!

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Jun 26, 2013 9:50:15 PM

  19. please correct the spelling of wasting in the first sentence. don't know why those things bother me so much, when i'm to lazy to capitalize, but they do!

    Posted by: wilbur himble | Jun 26, 2013 9:59:49 PM

  20. this is why the GOP can't, and will NOT, drop the anti-gay rhetoric: if they do that, they'll be forced to talk about everything else. and they can't talk about everything else. Pandering to America's Most Stupid is the only card they've got left.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 26, 2013 10:00:49 PM

  21. A wise career move.

    Posted by: Mastik8 | Jun 26, 2013 10:18:53 PM

  22. I bet he's gay.

    Posted by: Ulu | Jun 26, 2013 10:30:13 PM

  23. And we actually pay these people to waste our time and money writing laws that have just been ruled unconstitutional.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Jun 26, 2013 10:30:50 PM

  24. I hope Mike Rogers has Huelskamp on his gaydar/radar for outing...

    Posted by: bkmn | Jun 26, 2013 10:37:31 PM

  25. About the pathetic Republicans, with apologies to F. Scott Fitzgerald:

    "So they beat on, boats against the current, borne forward ceaselessly into the future."

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jun 26, 2013 10:44:27 PM

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