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.
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 BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote 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.”