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US: Bill to be introduced in Kansas would constitutionally ban equal marriage

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  1. If Kansas is reactionary enough to pass the ban now, they would have been reactionary enough to pass the ban years ago along with all the other confederate states. And I highly doubt that Kansas alone has gone in the opposite direction to the rest of the USA on this issue.

  2. Michaelandfred 28 Jun 2013, 1:17am

    No, he is FROM Kansas trying for a federal ban. Kansas already has a constitutional marriage ban.

    1. That was 5 hours ago, and nobody has noticed your comment yet. He is a federal representative. He has nothing to do with the Kansas state legislature.

  3. Wrong. Huelskamp is a Congressman. His proposed amendment is the US Constitution.

  4. This representative has a complete disconnect from reality.

  5. PN, this story is seriously misleading. Please fix it.

    Either get someone who understands US politics to write this stuff, or stop covering it.

    Just a quick summary of errors:
    1) Mr Huelskamp is proposing a Federal marriage amendment (FMA), not a state one.
    2) Kansas already has a state marriage amendment.
    3) Mr Huelskamp is trying to introduce the FMA in the House of Representatives, not in the Kansas state legislature. There is a route to propose constitutional amendments that involves state legislatures, but it’s extremely cumbersome and isn’t being used as yet (I expect a few states will try this in the next few years).
    4) An FMA would go far beyond DOMA, and would not “effectively do the same thing”. It would likely annul every US gay marriage.
    5) State constitutional amendments CAN be found unconstitutional – otherwise there would have been no case against Prop 8, and marriage would not be returning to California. Federal constitutional amendments can’t be, of course.

    1. It must be ratified by 38 states… so its NOT going to happen

  6. Some one should introduce a bill to ban bigots and assholes from marrying (himself for example!)

    Lets ban these stupid and idiot bigots from marriage!

  7. It failed in 2004, when there was much more public opposition and it had the personal support of the president (Bush).

    This guy needs to go back to Kansas, maybe he can get a job at Westboro?

    1. it failed in 2006 again!

  8. GingerlyColors 28 Jun 2013, 11:09am

    Sounds like a ‘toys out of pram’ situation to me because of the Supreme Court Of The US (SCOTUS) ruling. Kansas is home to the despicable Westboro Baptist Church but that means they shouldn’t have to start kow-towing to them.

  9. To echo a couple of comments already posted:

    Huelskamp is a member of the US House of Representatives from Kansas and cannot introduce amendments to the Kansas state constitution.

    A federal amendment requires approval by 2/3 of each House and by 75% of the states, which at this point is 38. Of the 50 US states, 13 now recognize marriage equality, and similar recognitions are in process in several others. Rep. Huelskamp should learn, among other things, simple addition: assuming an amendment made it through Congress,, which is highly unlikely, it would not be ratified by a sufficient number of states to take effect.

    In addition, provisions of state constitutions are subject to challenge under the Federal Constitution. and an anti-marriage amendment would certainly be challenged (and probably will be).

    Basically, he’s grandstanding for the teabaggers.

  10. Tom Cotner 28 Jun 2013, 3:01pm

    Hey, he’s from Kansas. There’s a reason that houses fall on witches in Kansas!
    He just hasn’t figured it out yet. I hope he does before a house falls on him. Well, maybe I don’t!

  11. why the h— are they wasting taxpayers’ money on something that would be overturned in the courts?

    As an American, I am ashamed SOME of the politicians who represent me. They are NOT doing this in my name. I may be a “poof” (to use some UK slang) but I will not bend over and take this. I will do whatever I can to fight it.

    The neutering of DOMA and Proposition 8 in California is a major step in that direction.

    1. JACKSON FURST 28 Jun 2013, 5:02pm

      Why do some of these congressman seem so out of touch with reality and get elected in the first place? Please people, THINK before voting to put some MORON like Huelskamp in office that is wasting our time and tax dollars on this crap.

      Gay Marriage is happening — GET OVER IT. If you have a problem with “Gay Marriage”, don’t marry a gay person — It’s THAT simple!

  12. Todd Andrew 28 Jun 2013, 4:53pm

    Chalk up Mr. Huelskamp as yet another out of touch congressman, refusing to move in to the 21st Century, who will likely get the boot next election by voters — and deservedly so.

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