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GOP lawmaker proposes Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage … again

GOP lawmaker proposes Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage … again

WASHINGTON — A Republican lawmaker has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House that proposes amending the Constitution so that only marriages between one man and one woman are legal.

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

The amendment as outlined in the resolution, offered by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), would allow states not to recognize same-sex marriages, reports The Hill.

“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 proposed amendment reads.

Huelskamp, who proposed a similar amendment in 2013, said in a House floor speech, that the institution of marriage is being “trampled upon” by the recent rulings in favor of same-sex marriage and needs clarification from Congress.

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“Unelected judges from all across the country are forcing their personal feelings and biases against traditional marriage upon the American people. This judicial activism has thrown the social and legal status of marriage into chaos,” Huelskamp said.

Huelskamp authored the Kansas Marriage Amendment approved by voters in 2005 during his previous tenure as a state senator.

His current resolution in the U.S. House has 29 Republican co-sponsors (list here).

Amending the Constitution requires ratification from three-fourths of state legislatures.

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