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GOP lawmaker introduces bill to amend U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage

Monday, July 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) on Friday introduced legislation to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

The measure comes just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court stuck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied federal benefits to legally married gay couples, and cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)

Under Huelskamp’s bill, “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

The bill has 28 Republican co-sponsors, but it remains to be seen whether House GOP leaders will offer any support in light of the recent Supreme Court rulings.

Huelskamp said last week that the Supreme Court ruling was a “radical usurpation of legislative and popular authority will not end the debate over marriage in this country.”

“Five activist justices have short-circuited the democratic process,” he said.

The last Congressional vote to take place on a proposed federal marriage amendment occurred in the U.S. House in 2006, when the Amendment failed 236 yea to 187 nay votes, falling short of the 290 yea votes required for passage in that body.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) were co-sponsors of the failed 2006 effort.

Observers say Huelskamp’s bill is a waste of Congress’ time and money, as he would need the support of more than 50 House Democrats, the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, and 38 states to ratify such an amendment.

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  1. PFFFFT

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:51pm
  2. Doesn’t this asshat realize they lost?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:51pm
  3. OUT HIM!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:52pm
  4. real winner right here

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:52pm
  5. what a waste of space this guy is…

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:52pm
  6. Congressman, that breeze you feel? That’s history passing you by.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:52pm
  7. Yes, they know they lost – but you’re talking about people who are still fighting the Civil War. They don’t give up.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:52pm
  8. westboro dude?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:53pm
  9. that would mean 6 step back grrrrrrr

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:53pm
  10. Bush already tried this you moron!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:53pm
  11. let this idiot try it will not get added to the constitution it was already deemed unconstitutional

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:53pm
  12. Lost battle…

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:53pm
  13. Self-Hating Republican Closet Queen

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:53pm
  14. don’t they have bigger things to worry about?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:53pm
  15. before im an american, im a gay man. this makes me ASHAMED to be american.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:54pm
  16. wow, a Kansas republican too? Just shocking!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:54pm
  17. If these bigots would actually get some work done that would benefit the country instead of worrying about who someone loves we would be better off. He wants to spend more money to have a constitutional amendment which means paying for elections in all the states and on and on. These people need to get a life.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:54pm
  18. Kansas republicans are distancing themselves from the bill

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:54pm
  19. Do the GOP just fail to realize that their beliefs are irrational and (quite happily) are dwindling with each generation???

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:54pm
  20. unreal!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:55pm
  21. Another fight in court! WTH!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:55pm
  22. You lost. Get over it. Geez.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:55pm
  23. IK this was coming. He probably already had it drafted months in advance and was just waiting for the opportune moment.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:55pm
  24. sore loser.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:55pm
  25. If you need an amendment to stop gay marriage then you are admitting that the COTUS already allows for it.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:55pm
  26. when will thees jack asses just give up most of the people of this country is for gay marriage

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:55pm
  27. They keep this federally ban of gay marriage this country will be having the second revolution. becuz no one will vote or ban me from getting married. Fuck him and anyone asshole that stands with him.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:56pm
  28. Yeah, not even gonna pass the HOUSE, much less the Senate or the states!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:56pm
  29. Don’t these lawmakers have better things to do than try to control love? Give it a rest folks! Gay is here to stay and denying marriage rights should be criminal.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:56pm
  30. 2014

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:56pm
  31. Fuck you intolerant assholes,i never throw around the name unamerican but these people are,they want only certain people to have certain rights,yeah could care less about the pursuit of happiness because you know….that might be something jesus would have teached.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:57pm
  32. You’ll never get this to pass…

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:57pm
  33. where’s the jobs bill GOP?/?????? helllo????

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:57pm
  34. So he wants to write DISCRIMINATION into the US Constitution! Complete Idiot!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:57pm
  35. ohboiherewegoagain.nope

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:57pm
  36. I would like to beat the door down to his closet…lol

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:58pm
  37. Oh, and, ah, he should be charged with hate crime and disrespect to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:59pm
  38. I don’t understand why they can’t just let us be happy. We are suppose to be free people. Well we are not free if they take away our rights. I still can’t marry in my state “North Carolina” and in other states its allowed how can something like that be fair to me as an american?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:59pm
  39. Soon the GOP will be known as the gravediggers cause that’s what they do best is dig graves for their party.. Pissing off Woman and GLBTQ people is about the dumbest thing a political party can do cause we fight back!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:59pm
  40. Like it could ever pass, but we must be vigilant. It could if we are complaisant.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:00pm
  41. Yeah, it would never get the super majority required to become law. Now about this economy, jobs, budget..yeah, waaaay more pressing matters to be thinking about right now morons!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:01pm
  42. Because jobs and economic related bills are so 2008. All the rage now is banning gay marriage, trying to repeal Obamacare (for the 37th time), and restricting women’s right to choose. It’s 1956, get with the times!
    *Sarcasm*

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:01pm
  43. The GOP are a gigantic waste of time and money.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:01pm
  44. Douche!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:05pm
  45. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if some of these lawmakers would have as much passion for getting the economy back on track as they are with dealing with nonsense like this?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:06pm
  46. I’m sure there are more important things to worry about then people who are in love, if we can’t get married then you can’t get divorced.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:07pm
  47. A lawmaker should introduce legislation to amend to the U.S. Constitution, a ban on ending discrimination of any kind! This would make far better sense!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:08pm
  48. Homophobia is ridiculous. Just because u are afraid of it or don’t like it guess what… we are still gonna raise our kids, love each other and obviously have premarital sex since u want to ban our right to marry. The constitution protects everyone even those who are actually trying to cjange it because of something they can’t understand. Get over yourself its none of your business who we want to love and marry. Your relationship has nothing to do with mine and vice versa. Remember separation of church and states.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:08pm
  49. Love the fact his personal Facebook page has less than 4300 likes. He is really going far with his bigotry.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:10pm
  50. These are the ones who are wanting to do this, if you do NOT agree with your rep, I suggest you let them know: Republican Reps. Joe Barton (Texas), Jim Bridenstine (Okla.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Jeff Duncan (S.C.), John Fleming (La.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Ralph Hall (Texas), Andy Harris (Md.), Randy Hultgren (Ill.), Sam Johnson (Texas), Walter Jones (N.C.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), James Lankford (Okla.), Mark Meadows (N.C.), Randy Neugebauer (Texas), Steven Palazzo (Miss.), Stevan Pearce (N.M.), Robert Pittenger (N.C.), Joe Pitts (Pa.), David Schweikert (Ariz.), Bill Shuster (Pa.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Steve Stockman (Texas), Tim Walberg (Mich.), Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.) and Frank Wolf (Va.)

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:10pm
  51. what an idiot

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:11pm
  52. With hope Kansas will be smart to vote ignorant fools like this out of office next time he runs. But then again it is Kansas.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:16pm
  53. I’m really concerned about what direction things take if the Republicans regain control in the next election cycle. The failed effort to pass this bill in 2006 was spear-headed by Boehner and Cantor, 2 of the big hitters for the GOP. The party seems divided though. Some Republicans are saying to let this issue go, to be more inclusive. They know they need an image overhaul. But then you get guys like Huelskamp bringing stuff like this to the table.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:17pm
  54. What a horse’s ass.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:18pm
  55. kiss off timmy bigot

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:18pm
  56. Conservatives just can’t admit when they have lost! You lost get over it.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:19pm
  57. Extreme fear results in extreme measures!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:21pm
  58. Where are the job bills to help Americans who are out of work?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:21pm
  59. This type of idiocy is the reason Congress is getting no real work done. Even if he could get the votes in Congress, the amendment would have to be passed by 2/3 majorities in the House and Senate, and then ratified by 38 states. I doubt if any of the 13 states where marriage is now allowed will turn around and ratify the amendment. That means he’s already one short of what he needs to ratify the thing. Stupidity rules.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:22pm
  60. What a waste of time and money by the Congress. Don’t they have other much bigger problems to solve other than mandating “love”. Like, how are we going to help those who can not help themselves under our current economy.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:25pm
  61. They can try, but it will never happen. People will turn like Turkey and Brazil. These guys are crazy and dangerous. They are recking the USA. Making a joke in the world. They blame Obama , but it are these whackos that are making us look like fools.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:31pm
  62. Everything will be based on religion if republicans get in. We’ll have start paying fines if you don’t go to church on Sundays.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:31pm
  63. What an ass. If it happens Ill be renouncing my citizenship and moving on. The USA is not the land of the free if your GLBT

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:33pm
  64. He should take a trip to the island of shut the fuck up and go fuck yourself

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:35pm
  65. he should move to Russia or Iran where it’s still okay to hate gay people and not be labeled a backwards-thinking moron for it.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:37pm
  66. LOL But seriously, shouldn’t you be working . . .

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:39pm
  67. That ought to work, MR SHIT TALKER–one weird bastard. How many States will OK that piece of SHIT? DUMB ASS

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:39pm
  68. Shame!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:40pm
  69. What about the economy and jobs, Representative Huelskamp? How about introducing legislation that will make a difference to the middle class…and stop your whining!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:47pm
  70. Libertarian author here. I wish the government would get out of the marriage business altogether and let consenting adults love and marry whomever they please. This amendment would be a huge step backwards, but has no chance of passing, as momentum is on our side :)

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:52pm
  71. These idiots suck, and don’t deserve a job…

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:53pm
  72. When are they gonna give up! Geez! They already lost!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:54pm
  73. LOL Really? not going to work since you allow ‘bestiality’ already. Don’t you all have something bigger to worry about? Guess you didn’t get the memo yet. LOL

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:57pm
  74. If only these jokers would re-read the contract they signed up for and get back to work!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:00pm
  75. he’s just a bigoted asshole…

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:05pm
  76. Pandering to their homophobic base knowing well it’s not going anywhere. Great use of time. Idiots

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:08pm
  77. let me correct your headline for you: “introduces DEAD ON ARRIVAL bill to amend U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage.”

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:17pm
  78. People like this are despicable. He should be trying to help the American people not harm gays, who deserve the same rights as everyone else.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:20pm
  79. WTF??? Really??? Get over it already!! You lost!!! Go do something to better yourself or this country!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:30pm
  80. Wow … I … am … shocked. Next up: Pope proven to be Catholic.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:35pm
  81. LOL, how many times have they tried this and failed? I wanna say this is the 3rd or 4th time in ten years.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:36pm
  82. Some people just like getting their political ass kicked. Dude needs to read the polls….

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:40pm
  83. Well I think it is time someone gets a bill in to make it illegal or ban hetro marriage. I’m sick of bigots. Love doesn’t care who you are, what color you are, what sex or religion or even language you speak; it does not discriminate. Love is love. I’m sick of people hiding behind fear and their messed up religion to justify hate.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:42pm
  84. Someone should tell this asshole that nobody cares!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:45pm
  85. A similar ammendment failed in 2006; the Sentate is controlled by Democrats; public opinoin is more in favor of marriage equality than ever. Why does he think that this willl get passed? It’s a big waste of his and everyone else’s time

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:46pm
  86. Another dumb dickhead worrying about who’s marrying whom.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:48pm
  87. Exactly!!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:48pm
  88. Young republicans and democrats are very angry with their elders. I expect them to be the first generation that actually changes anything.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:51pm
  89. Get the fuck out of my country that is trying to be the freedom country it “CLAIMS” to be, thank you very much.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:53pm
  90. these bigots obviouly want a war, let’s give them one. and by the way gop, WHERE ARE THE JOBS BILLS?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:57pm
  91. Well, I hope they can and do. It is long over due.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:58pm
  92. Of course he did, the little troll. :-)

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:01pm
  93. no no no

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:08pm
  94. Yay, lets watch it go nowhere

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:16pm
  95. Sour grapes, emmeffer. I’m ashamed that my state even TOUCHES his…

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:16pm
  96. 14th Amendment / Section 1 … No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:20pm
  97. lol I agree Jodie, because something tells me he’s got something to hide. LOL

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:30pm
  98. And just for the record, the Constitution is amendable in order to allow it to stay valid in changing times and give the citizenry MORE rights as we progress, not to take them away. See freedom of speech, abolition, and prohibition (the repeal, not the the first part). A “protect marriage” amendment would only serve to sully the Document in unequal waters and demean the other rights it contains.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:34pm
  99. They need to get a life! President Obama would never sign anything like that into law!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:34pm
  100. Shame on him…would be the first amendment to take rights away from a specific group of people. At that point where would the discrimination stop. Maybe we need an amendment on deporting prejudice a-holes. There would be a lot more room in the country and the legislature.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:43pm
  101. Not gonna happen, buddy!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:05pm
  102. Can’t these people learn? Didn’t the Supreme Court just strike down part of DOMA? Do they want to relitigate this all over again? I agree with Irv & David that they need to get a life and do something really useful.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:15pm
  103. Doesn’t he have any thing better to do?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:21pm
  104. This idoit has lost his mind if he ever had one. The entire purpose of three branches of government in this country is to keep exactly this type of attempted control and abuse of power OUT of our nation. Supreme Court JUSTICES decide justice in this country, not one moronic, homophic closest-living politician. Im sick that people like this exist in our world. Good luck surpassing ur quota for vote in the senate. The consistution reads “We the people, of the United States..” Not “I the politician”. Or “We the heterosexual people”. Just WE the PEOPLE

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:49pm
  105. You’ve gotta be kidding me… those old men need lives!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:50pm
  106. Get a life!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:19pm
  107. This is utterly pointless. Nobody should care that this is happening. He has already lost.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:26pm
  108. The Constitution should Never be Used to Curtail Rights. It should Always be Used to Expand Liberties. Prohibition is a Prime Example & was Repealed.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:27pm
  109. Idiot.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:41pm
  110. The GOP have by Homeland Security’s definition become the terrorist’s of America.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 6:19pm
  111. STOP WASTING MY DAMN TAX DOLLARS ON FRIVOLOUS BULLSHIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:08pm
  112. I pray with all my heart that Jesus Himself would come back and teach these clowns how to actually live as a Christian and stop being so damn hateful…

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:15pm