House passes Huelskamp amendment to prevent use of fed money in arguing for gay marriage

An amendment presented Wednesday night by U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, to prevent the use of federal funds to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act passed by a vote of 245-171.

The amendment was to a House spending bill for the Justice Department that would prohibit that agency from using federal money to oppose the constitutionality of the law enacted in 1996.

In presenting the amendment, Huelskamp said that President Obama and the executive branch are “supposed to enforce the laws, not write or erase them.”

Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage this week.