Rep. Tim Huelskamp (image, left) and his anti-gay co-sponsors, clockwise from left: Congressmen Joe Barton (R-TX), Paul Broun (R-GA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ)
There are 29 Republicans who just became the most anti-gay Congressmen in America. After the Supreme Court last week ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional, Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) introduced a bill proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would forever ban same-sex marriage across the nation. The bill now has 28 co-sponsors.
The bill’s introduction is a staggeringly stupid idea that could only come from a Republican, and only from a member of Congress. The bill is akin the the GOP’s 38 repeated attempts to repeal Obamacare — and it will never garner a supermajority of two-thirds of both houses of Congress, nor will it ever win the three-fourths majority of all state legislatures it requires to actually amend our Constitution, which is something that hasn’t been done — even in less polarized times — since 1992, and that amendment, the 27th, was introduced in 1789.
(To be historically fair, the 26th Amendment, allowing the right to vote at the age of 18, was introduced and passed in the same year — 1971.)
So, the Supreme Court rules that DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional.
Two days later, Rep. Huelskamp introduces a bill that supposedly will amend the constitution to make only “one-man, one-woman” marriages legal, because, you know, religious freedom, liberty, and protecting civilization.
He picks up 28 co-sponsors — all Republicans, of course — for the bill, House Joint Resolution 51.
They are, alphabetically, per GovTrack.us:
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