Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp on Wednesday said that he would respond to the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) with a constitutional amendment.

“If the courts don't understand their limited role here, then we need a federal marriage amendment to protect traditional marriage,” Huelskamp told the Christian Broadcasting News. “Not just for marriage and the couples but for our children.”

“I will introduce the federal marriage amendment perhaps later this week and call upon all my fellow Republicans, who just a few years ago said they were for marriage or voted for marriage or supported those efforts in their state legislatures, for them to step up and say, 'Marriage is so important we need a marriage amendment now.'”

Passage of a federal marriage amendment, first introduced in Congress in 2002, would define marriage as a heterosexual union for the entire nation, thereby prohibiting federal and state governments from recognizing the unions of gay couples.

An amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a two-thirds majority in each house of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states.