Don Quixote would be proud. Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) has made good on his promise to pursue a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage despite the fact that actually passing it is likely impossible. The real reason it is being pushed, of course, is because it will play well with the ever shrinking base.
Currently, there are twenty-eight Republican cosponsors, and none of their names seem oddly surprising. In fact, the list is:
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.)
The amendment bill reads “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.”
Huelskamp is dismissive of the polling on same-sex marriage claiming, bizarrely that “A majority of Americans don’t like President Obama as president, but he’s still the president.”
While a majority of Americans disapprove of Obama’s job performance, that does not translate into people not liking the President.
In order for this bill to pass to become an Amendment, it must snag 2/3rds of the House and Senate and 3/4ths of the states. Given that House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Representative Paul Ryan have not affixed their names to the bill, it seems doomed before it gets out of the gate, but even then, it is unlikely to pass the House or the Senate.