Huelskamp stumps for marriage


By Mary Clarkin

By Mary Clarkin

The Hutchinson News, Kan.

(MCT) — Did U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, say women are desperately looking for a husband?

Huelskamp's rally speech at the March for Marriage Thursday in Washington, D.C., was tweeted by Jennifer Benery, who covers White House and Congress for The Huffington Post. Twitter limits posts to 140 characters, and one of Bendery's tweets said:

"'Your woman! Your wife! She needs you!' Huelskamp says. Women out there are 'desperately looking for a husband.'"

Huelskamp, flanked on the outside stage by his wife and their four children, said in his closing minute (video at

"I want to say, I love my wife. This October we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Thank you, Angela, for putting up with me and putting up with the battle for marriage and life.

"And I want to close with this, with a message to every man in America, every man in this crowd, every husband in America: Your children need you. Your woman, your wife, she needs you. It's time that you become a real man and stand up for those who need you.

"Love your family, love your wife, love your children because they desperately need you. They're desperately looking for a husband, they're desperately looking for a father. Be a real man of God, because this is about you, marriage is about you and your wife and your children. Thank you and God bless you for all of your efforts."

Huelskamp also spoke Thursday about his sponsored legislation to add a definition of marriage — between a man and a woman — to the U.S. Constitution. The bill is pending.

His Republican primary challenger Alan LaPolice, Clyde, wants to leave the definition of marriage to the states.

"I'm for smaller federal government with local control and this can't be seen as anything other than an expansion of federal control," LaPolice said in a statement.

The Kansas Constitution defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

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