House GOPer will file a constitutional amendment to reinstate DOMA

Rep. Tim Huelskamp says he believes he'd get support from John Boehner as well

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 26, 2013 8:54PM (EDT)

 Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.           (Facebook/congressmanhuelskamp)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. (Facebook/congressmanhuelskamp)

Rep. Tim Huelskamp says that he will introduce a constitutional amendment to restore the Defense of Marriage Act, which the Supreme Court struck down on Wednesday.

From Politico, Huelskamp said that he will file the amendment sometime this week:

“My response to this will be later this week to file a federal marriage amendment,” he said at a Conversation with Conservatives lunch on Wednesday morning.

When asked if leadership is likely to support efforts to restore DOMA, Huelskamp said he was encouraged by the statement Speaker John Boehner released after the ruling.

“I give tremendous credit to the Speaker of the House,” Huelskamp said.

Boehner had put out a statement earlier on Wednesday, saying: "While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances. A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”

Jillian Rayfield

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