Congressman Tim Huelskamp

Representing the 1st District of Kansas

10th Circuit Decides Against Marriage and Family

Jun 25, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) made the following statement concerning the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in (Kitchen V. Herbert).

“With this decision, two radical judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals have far exceeded their constitutional authority. Contrary to a clear ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, these two lawyers invented a brand new constitutional ‘right’ and overruled the express opinion of nearly three million American voters and their elected representatives.  Similar to unelected federal judges elsewhere in America, these two lawyers have ignored the Supreme Court and invalidated Section 2 of the Defense of Marriage Act which clearly protects ‘the State’s power in defining the marital relation.’ In typical liberal fashion, what those who seek to destroy marriage can’t win in the court of public opinion, they seek to impose through unelected and unaccountable judges with lifetime appointments.

“Citizens in Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, in addition to my home state of Kansas, exercised their clear power and authority by overwhelmingly passing constitutional protections for traditional marriage.  As the author of the Kansas Marriage Protection Amendment, I am incensed that two lawyers in Denver, Colorado believe they can overrule 70% of Kansas, plus strong majorities in Utah, and Colorado.  Additionally at one time every single state in the 10th Circuit had statutory protections for traditional marriage – protections these two lawyers have effectively invalidated in all six states.

“Decades of research on families, combined with centuries of human experience, all agree children do best when they have a married mom and dad in the home. By substituting their personal biases for sound legal reasoning, these two attorneys are harming marriage, families, and most important, our children.”