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In two days, anti-gay marriage amendment gains, loses sponsor

Tom Latham, United States House of Representatives, Republican Party, Iowa, gay news, Washington Blade

Rep. Tom Latham‘s (R-Iowa) brief co-sponsorship of the Federal Marriage Amendment was attributed to staffer error. (Photo public domain).

A recently proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would restrict marriage to one man, one woman throughout the country has gained and lost a supporter in the U.S. House within the course of two days.

According to the Library of Congress, Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) withdrew Wednesday as a co-sponsor of the amendment, whose chief sponsor is Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), after signing on as a co-sponsor on Tuesday.

Chris Deaton, a Latham spokesperson, attributed the brief co-sponsorship to a staffer error.

“This was a staff member’s mistake,” Deaton said. “The withdrawal was the correction of the staff member’s mistake.”

Latham’s change is consistent with his position on the amendment when it came to a floor vote in 2004 and 2006. He wasn’t a co-sponsor of the bill at that time.

But Latham voted in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment both times the measure came to the House floor.

Deaton didn’t immediately respond to a follow-up inquiry on why Latham isn’t a co-sponsor now or whether he opposes the measure.

There are still 34 co-sponsors for the Federal Marriage Amendment — all Republicans. That’s far short of the 290 votes needed to pass a U.S. constitutional amendment in the House.

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