Rep. Tim Heulskamp (R-KS) talks gay marriage on Meet the Press

A Republican congressman from Kansas appeared on Meet the Press Sunday morning. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) appeared on the show to talk about a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Huelskamp told host David Gregory that he felt the Supreme Court made an outrageous ruling this week when the justices struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.

"The issue here is the definition of marriage for centuries in this country and elsewhere around the world. Every major world religion has identified marriage as between a man and a woman," Huelskamp said. "That's the simple issue here."

Heulskamp and Gregory disagreed on research about children and marriages.

"The ideal for raising our children should be the issue here," Heulskamp said.

"Children tend to prosper in homes where there's a loving marriage," Gregory asserted.

"The research does not show that," Heulskamp refuted. "The research is very clear as we have indicated."

"Research has shown in broken homes, it hurts the children," Gregory said.

"Well we have an epidemic of fatherlessness here," Heulskamp said. "That's what I agree with the President on. We should do more to promote and protect marriage as between a man and a woman for our children."

Heulskamp said the court made the decision to allow the desires of adults to trump the needs of children.

Gregory asked Heulskamp if the debate over gay marriage should be over, now that the Supreme Court has ruled.

"For the American people, it's not over," Heulskamp said. "This court tried to short circuit the democratic process. What you're hearing from these professional consultants -- who have lost election after election, by the way – these folks have always wanted us to go light and abandon our positions on social issues. As I mentioned earlier, there are more folks today who oppose abortion than support homosexual marriage."

Heulskamp said the real issue is who gets to decide the laws on gay marriage.

"Do five justices get to decide, or do the American people get to decide? Or do some consultants in Washington, DC get to decide?" Heulskamp asked. "At the end of the day, I'm going to go with the 7 million Californians who has their votes discarded by this court."


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