Legislation from Kansas' U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp to attach a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution picked up more co-sponsors since its introduction a month ago.
As of Monday, the resolution had 47 co-sponsors in the House, gaining 20 supporters during July.
Absent from the co-sponsors, though, are the other Kansans serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I strongly believe in defending traditional marriage as between a man and a woman, and am looking at this amendment carefully,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, said in a statement to The Hutchinson News.
The offices of Reps. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, and Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, declined to comment.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act that had prevented the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages that were legal in states.
In response to the court decision, Huelskamp, a Republican with residences in Fowler and Hutchinson, introduced a proposed constitutional amendment that states:
“Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”
The bill is in a subcommittee.
To succeed, it must pass both the House and Senate by a two-thirds margin, and must be ratified by three-fourths of the country’s state legislatures.
Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, withdrew his co-sponsorship after one day. His office called the co-sponsorship filing a mistake by staff.