Kansas politician’s plan to reinstate DOMA fails to gain support from lawmakers

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After DOMA was ruled unconstitutional, Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas planned to defibrillate the act with a constitutional amendment, but gained no support from Kansas politicians.

“It is a complete and utter waste of time. It is a waste of taxpayer dollars. It clearly demonstrates that he has nothing better to do,” said Kansas Democratic Party spokesman Dakota Loomis. “He is holding on to this divisive and hateful legislation when he should be focused on bringing jobs back to the First District. This will not help the farmers.”

After the DOMA ruling, Huelskamp campaigned for his proposal.

“My response to this will be later this week to file a federal marriage amendment,” Huelskamp announced earlier this week during a conservative luncheon. “I give tremendous credit to the Speaker of the House [John Boehner].”

Like Huelskamp, Boehner was “disappointed” by the rulings and wished to restore DOMA. 

“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,” said Boehner.

Other politicians disagreed with Huelskamp and Boehner, such as State Rep. J.R. Claeys commenting that the marriage equality ban was not a “legislative priority” for him.

“A majority of Americans don’t like President Obama as president, but he’s still the president,” said Huelskamp. “What did not happen is what the court and then the folks pushing for [DOMA repeal] hoped would happen: that it would end the debate. The debate is not over.”

Topeka Councilman Chad Manspeaker talked about that Huelskamp bill will hurt Kansas’ reputation.

“I make no assumptions about how Kansans feel about LGBT rights,” Topeka Councilman Chad Manspeaker (D) said. “In 2005, a constitutional amendment passed with 70 percent of the vote. Huelskamp is symbolic of that mentality, but that was eight years ago. Times are changing. Huelskamp is becoming a national joke. Kansas needs less national jokes and more leadership.”

The Supreme Court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional with a 5 to 4 vote. Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan approved the repeal while Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas voted against the repeal.

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