Rep. Broun To Introduce Amendment To Ban Gay Marriage

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) is set to introduce a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

Broun, a first-term congressman, criticized last week's California Supreme Court ruling striking down a state ban on same-sex marriage.

"Marriage as an institution exists solely between one man and one woman," said Broun in a press release. "Americans have traditionally recognized this definition as being the most beneficial arrangement for the creation of stable family structures and for the upbringing of children."

President George W. Bush and Republicans have staunchly supported a federal marriage amendment. But the last push for an amendment stalled in 2006 when it failed to get the necessary two-thirds of support needed in House.

Since succeeding late Rep. Charlie Norwood last July, Broun has positioned himself as a social conservative. He has called for a ban on pornographic materials on military bases, which has earned him criticism from libertarian-minded conservative bloggers.