Yesterday, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) delivered a strong speech in defense of traditional marriage and judicial restraint. "As the Supreme Court Justices prepare to hear oral arguments in cases challenging the constitutionality of both federal and state laws that define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, Members of Congress who support traditional marriage should take a stand and make their voices heard," said Huelskamp. "It is disappointing that so few of my likeminded colleagues have exhibited the willingness to speak up for traditional marriage."
The text of Rep. Huelskamp's floor speech appears below:
"Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Next week, the Supreme Court Justices will hear arguments on two cases that are fundamental to the way our democratic society functions. On Tuesday, they will consider a challenge to California's "Proposition 8' law that prohibits homosexual marriage in that state. And on Wednesday, they will look at the federal Defense Of Marriage Act.
In the midst of all the discussion and protest surrounding these arguments, I would encourage the Court to not be distracted from the fundamental issue before them--will the U.S. Supreme Court choose to radically redefine marriage thus overturning the will of the American people as reflected in numerous votes by states, and by a vote of this body and signed into law by President Bill Clinton?
I urge the Supreme Court to uphold the will of the American people, support traditional marriage, and protect the democratic process by allowing the American people to express their will on this issue."