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


  1. Chadd says

    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.

  2. candideinnc says

    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.

  3. says

    oh come ON, Blanche!

    really? here’s something funny: Gay Republican blogs today went on and on about….how 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.

  4. JONES says

    ‘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?

  5. says

    @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.

  6. JONES says

    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.

  7. gayalltheway says

    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.

  8. Michael Heynz says

    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.

  9. Rad says

    …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?”

  10. bambinoitaliano says

    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!

  11. wilbur himble says

    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!

  12. says

    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.

  13. gr8guyca says

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

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

  14. Dev says

    Good luck with that, cowboy. Maybe the wise citizens of Kansas will vote you out of office in 2014. We can only hope–so you will stop wasting taxpayer dollars and legislative time on pointless initiatives like this.

  15. sugarrhill says

    Today is a day for celebration, but let’s not get complacent. Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land but that hasn’t stopped the GOP from trying to turn back the clock. If you’re considering voting for a Republican even in a blue state- DON’T.

  16. KC says

    Nice to see that GoProud has jumped onto the bandwagon – today. GoProud – thanks for nothing. Your passive non-support means nothing, and you will go down in history as a major impediment to equality. Nice. Now please just go away.

  17. david from edmonton says

    This is why the Republicans will always be seen as the lunatic fringe. What exactly needs to be done to get it through their sick twisted hateful minds its over?

  18. Aaron says

    Why make him gay? Have more self respect. And was the Fitzgerald quote from one of those “quote sites?” Why sound stupid when “there’s a quote for that!”

  19. Moles says

    Constitutional amendments require ratification from 3/4 of the states. Once California marriage comes back, that would make 13 states with same-sex marriage, or just over 1/4 of the states. Where is he going to get 3/4 of the states. Maybe he should concentrate on learning basic math.

  20. Jeff says

    As mentioned, amending the US Constitution requires the support of at least 38 states. Thus, the Constitution cannot be amended if 13 or more states do not support the proposed amendment. With today’s ruling, the number of states that support same-sex marriage is . . . 13.

  21. Matt N says

    Let’s see. This didn’t even get 50 votes in the Senate in *2006* (it required 67). Today over 50 Senators publicly support same-sex marriage (versus 0? in 2006).

    Also, in 2006, 1 state had same-sex marriage. Now there are 13, and 38 are required to ratify this amendment.

    I think the rep. better brush up on his math. What a waste of breath.

  22. *****overtxbyVann says

    Let me see if I understand this. He wants to propose a constitutional amendment which requires the approval of 3/4 of the states. Since that means that 38 states must approve the amendment and there are 13 states which have marriage equality…..what am I missing here. Let’s see. 50 minus thirteen equals 37. Secondly, he needs 67 senators to vote for an amendment. When has this Senate been able to get 67 members to agree to any thing? May I ask who elected this math major to office?

  23. gr8guyca says

    @ aaron. Was your comment about my Fitzgerald quote? If so, I adapted the famous last line of “Gatsby” – look it up – to fit this occasion. The Republicans are desperately rowing against the current, but, unlike the original line, they are being taken into the future.

    I guess the reference went over your head.

  24. millerbeach says

    I think we should just start billing the GOPT directly for all these worthless lawsuits. The last one cost taxpayers over $2 million dollars. Thanks not, teabaggers. You’re a bunch of selfish, ignorant idiots. But hey, keep coming up with stupid lawsuits and dumb ideas, keep slating clowns and idiots on your ballots, keep saying stupid things into hot mics, in front of hot t.v. cameras, and Hillary will win. Please keep it up. There is a lot of time between now and 2016, and I am sure you all can come up with more stupid stuff like this. Hillary just loves it!

  25. JONES says

    With tracking all of yesterdays unfolding events and celebrating at the same time I missed that this was posted by a new face at Towleroad, Kyler Geoffroy. Sorry to have not seen it yesterday but to adapt Captain Barbosa’s line ‘I was a bit busy’. Welcome to Towleroad Kyler and hope to see more of your work.

  26. Swiminbuff says

    It is kind of pathetic that the GOP still has members rushing to line up on the wrong side of History. They are the 21st century version of George Wallace, just with a different minority group to discriminate against.

  27. says

    2016 predictions? if yesterday’s explosion of anti-gay GOP vomit is any indication, we’ll likely have a GOP frontrunner with a platform of “I’mma do what I can to make sure those gays don’t get any Equaler, and by the power of Jesus I’ll do whatever I can to make sure they get de-equaled, too”

    because wasting time on things like this means the GOP doesn’t have to, youknow, talk about the economy.

  28. SmileFace says

    Supreme Court rulings can resemble rolls of the dice, but we won. Somebody won. If we don’t marry we lost. All the Social Security benefits go to the “happy couples” And people can talk about their male husbands/wives, or female husbands/wives ad nauseam. Small price to pay for an oppressed minority. That’s us right Antiques not included.

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