First-term Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, was named the “most anti-gay U.S. representative” by the website Think Progress, topping the list of 144 members of Congress who have sponsored or co-sponsored at least 10 pieces of legislation viewed as hostile to gay rights. The website credited Huelskamp with amendments to ban a directive that allows military chaplains to voluntarily solemnize same-sex unions and to prohibit the use of funds in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as a bill to bar the use of military facilities for same-sex unions. After summing up Huelskamp’s and others’ actions, the website concluded: “While Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, has downplayed his party’s focus on social issues, preferring to talk about jobs, it’s clear where he and his caucus are really focused.”
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