February 12, 2014

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) on Wednesday told straight couples that God was the "third person in your marriage."

In an hourlong session on the House floor, Huelskamp was joined by Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and others to celebrate so-called "Marriage Week" opposing equal rights for LGBT people.

"And so those who are listening," Huelskamp said as the hour came to a close. "Whether you're fathers or mothers or looking at that, recognize that even though society, even though Hollywood will tell us it's all about you, it's not! It's all about someone else. It's all about that child."

"This is National Marriage Week, this is a time in our nation, not only to talk about marriage, talk about its impacts, talk about how its loss has hurt our society," he continued. "At the end of the day, it's all about how important marriage is. Marriage predates government."

Huelskamp noted that the Republican Party's 1856 platform opposed the "twin evils of slavery and barbarism," which he said referred to "irregular marriage."

"I just want to speak again to moms and dads and spouses," the Kansas Republican concluded. "Marriage can be tough. It really is. But God is calling you to do everything you can. It's just not you and your spouse. There's a third person in your marriage. And God would like to bless and protect that marriage, and give you many fruitful days ahead."

After Huelskamp finished his remarks, the chair admonished him for violating House rules by directing his remarks to "a perceived viewing audience."

(h/t: Chris Geidner)

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