Right revives effort to amend Constitution to ban gay marriage

House conservatives will seek to reintroduce a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said he and other lawmakers would begin efforts to revive the Federal Marriage Amendment in the coming days.

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“A narrow radical majority of the court has, in my opinion, substituted their personal views for the constitutional decisions of the American voters and their elected representatives,” Huelskamp said at a conservative event sponsored by the Heritage Foundation.

The push to enact a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman gained traction around a decade ago with the support of former President George W. Bush. But with a considerable shift in public opinion toward support of gay marriage, the effort is unlikely to win anywhere close to the required majorities in Congress.

Huelskamp praised Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election MORE (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorIf we want to make immigration great again, let's make it bipartisan Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling to retire after end of current term MORE (R-Va.) for leading a legal defense of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, despite the loss in the Supreme Court.

At the same event, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) criticized the 5-4 court decision as “ideologically driven and legally inconsistent.”