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TheChat: Rep. Tim Huelskamp is not commenting on his role in controversial anti-gay-marriage film


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▪ “Rest assured, I will continue to defend traditional marriage.” — Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a Republican, in response to questions about his appearance in a new anti-same-sex-marriage documentary.

The film ties homosexuality to communism and likens LGBT rights to Nazi oppression. But Huelskamp refused to say last week whether he regrets his small role in the film, in which he encourages same-sex marriage opponents to show up at town hall meetings and ask their local members of Congress why they don’t back Huelskamp’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.

▪ “Obviously we’re very saddened by this.” — Missouri Right-to-Life Executive Director Patty Skain on the news that beginning Aug. 1, Missouri will have two abortion clinics.

That’s up from one. The nearest clinic to Kansas City will be the new one opening in Columbia. Planned Parenthood had no news to report on the prospect of a new KC clinic. (link courtesy of

▪ “He has a hair-trigger temper.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican, on Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is battling his reputation as a hot head as he prepares this week to launch a run for the White House.

Kasich’s legendary directness is being seen as both an asset and a liability.

▪  “He may owe an apology to the families and those that have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country.” — McCain on Monday in his first comments on Donald Trump questioning his war record.

McCain said he does not want an apology from Trump, who insisted in a weekend appearance in Iowa that McCain is no war hero.