Republican insists nationwide same-sex marriage ban is possible

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, June 27, 2013 17:42 EDT
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Rep. Tim Huelskamp speaks to MSNBC
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Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) believes he can ban same-sex marriage nationwide thanks to the Supreme Court’s recent rulings.

After the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 were struck down on Wednesday, the Republican congressman announced he would introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday questioned why he thought such an amendment had any chance of passing.

“I think given this decision, which I think has shocked a lot of Americans, that the court would step this far and accuse Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress of that time of animus — you know, the decision was outrageous,” Huelskamp said. “I think it is going to encourage a lot of folks to step forward and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to protect marriage and protect families and particularly our children.’”

Blitzer noted that Republicans had previously tried to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 but failed. Now, even more Americans support the right of same-sex couples to marry.

But Huelskamp insisted Republicans would receive strong support from minority communities. He added the “outrage” caused by the Supreme Court would bolster the chances of the Federal Marriage Amendment this time around.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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