Rep. Huelskamp: Gay Marriage Rulings Undercut ‘Needs of Our Children’

Melanie Arter | June 26, 2013 | 2:27pm EDT
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Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) (AP)

( - Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said Wednesday that the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, and California’s Proposition 8, a gay marriage ban which voters approved by referendum, were “contradictory” and “undercuts the needs of our children.”

“I think what gets lost in this judicial attempt to short-circuit the democratic process is the needs of our children,” said Huelskamp. “With this decision, the courts have allowed the desire of adults to trump the needs of children. Every child deserves a mommy and a daddy, and with this decision, they undercut the needs of our children.”

The high court ruled 5-4 on Wednesday that DOMA is unconstitutional. It invalidated a provision of DOMA that barred gay couples from receiving certain federal benefits – tax, health, and retirement - that are usually available for married couples.

The court also left in place a trial court’s conclusion that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

“In the decision today, the Supreme Court has offered two very contradictory rulings – on one hand, they claim to make a decision that the states have a right to decide the definition of marriage. In their second decision, they said the state’s voters do not have the right to decide, and the dissent on the first decision was very clear – this court has taken upon itself the attempt – a radical attempt – to redefine marriage,” said Huelskamp.

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