Despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, Rep. Tim Heulskamp will attempt to block same-sex marriage once more by instead amending the U.S. Constitution.
Heulskamp’s Federal Marriage Amendments will be introduced this week — a measure defining marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. If passed, the amendment will override the Supreme Court’s decision.
To ratify the amendment, two-thirds of the House and Senate and three-fourths of the states must vote in favor of it.
While Heulskamp’s amendment has no co-sponsor, he is unlikely to stand alone for long. House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Rep. Paul Ryan all voted in favor of a similar marriage amendment in 2006.
“I give tremendous credit to the speaker of the house,” Heulskamp said, praising Boehner’s pursuance in criminalizing same-sex marriage.
Heulskamp said the language in his amendment would mirror that in the 2006 amendment, which failed to pass 236-187, which was short 54 votes.