Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) spoke to a crowd of hundreds at the 2014 “March for Marriage,” sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage which had predicted that “several thousand” would descend upon the Nation’s Capital.
Huelskamp told the men present that it was their duty to marry the “desperate” women who are all seeking to validate their own existence by becoming wives and mothers.
“I want to close with this, a message to every man in America,” Huelskamp told them, “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.”
Sadly, a misogynist like Huelskamp is incapable of hearing how condescending his remarks sound to even the most casually objective observer. To him, it is perfectly normal to think of women as incomplete without a man, to keep her on the straight an narrow — in the kitchen and pregnant. He actually believes that his nonsense is not only helpful but the only hope for the salvation of the nation.
“First and foremost in this movement,” said former Senator Rick Santorum, another speaker at the event, “we have to reclaim marriage for what it is. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman for the purpose of making two people as one—a unity—and secondly, to have and raise children. No other union can accomplish those two purposes.”
Irony was not in short supply at the rally. Bishop Harry Jackson who, in an effort to show that Christians in the U.S. today are experiencing persecution at a level unknown since the days of the Roman Empire, told rally goers that the push for marriage equality amounts to “one group trying to impose their issue, their agenda, on another group of Americans. That’s not right and that’s not fair.”
Watch Huelskamp’s remarks in the video below.