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07/26/2011

Claim: Americans more likely to spell 'Huelskamp' correctly than they are to support equal marriage

by Jeremy Hooper

Img-Tim-AboutDid you know that 85% of the country is on the side of "traditional marriage"? Yeah huh! See, far-right freshman Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) says so:

"Democrat leadership has decided to take on the Defense of Marriage Act again," he notes. "Seventy-five to 80 percent of Americans say, 'Hey, balance your budget.' The Democrats will not do that. Eight-five percent of Americans say, 'We support traditional marriage,' and the Senate does the opposite as well," the Kansas congressman laments. "So that's the latest there. The president continues to…refuse to defend DOMA, [as does] the attorney general…. We've been fighting them on that, and Congress is standing up for traditional marriage."
Defending marriage when president won't [One News Now]

Not sure from what year or source, exactly, Rep. Huelskamp is pulling his data, considering that (a) 53% support marriage equality in the latest Gallup poll; and (b) even a decade-and-a-half ago, during the year of DOMA's unfortunate passage, that same polling firm only found 68% of Americans to be against legal same-sex marriages. But if I've learned anything about fact-checking socially conservative "culture warriors" on LGBT issues, it's that it's best to not search for a concrete reference date or footnote, but rather for the one rhetorically back-ended body part from whence most of their talking points stem.

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