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Lone Anti-Gay House Democrat Nick Rahall House Joins GOP ‘s Federal Marriage Amendment Effort

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Even though John Boehner and his House cronies yesterday announced  that they will no longer defend the remaining statutes similar to the Defense of Marriage Act that ban recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages. But  that is not stopping other anti-gay GOP House members from going forward with their proposed  Federal Marriage Amendment, which would define marriage in the U.S. as “only the union of a man and a woman.”

The amendment introduced by Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas after the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act deeming it unconstitutional has 38 sponsors but none of the senior members of the House GOP leadership team have signed on to co-sponsored the measure.

Yesterday though West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall  became the first Democrat to sign on to the proposed Federal Marriage  Rahall was one of nine house democrats who voted in 2011 to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act.

The proposed amendment would read, “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.”

Rahall is the most senior of five Arab American lawmakers in Congress.

It’s so nice to see that the Democrats can keep their house in order.  NOT!





Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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