Twenty-eight Republicans have signed on as co-sponsors to Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp's proposed federal gay marriage ban.

The resolution (House Joint Resolution 51) has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Within hours after the Supreme Court knocked down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, Huelskamp called on his GOP colleagues to join him in approving an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would prohibit federal and state governments from recognizing the unions of gay couples with marriage.

“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.'”

Co-sponsors include Representatives Joe Barton of Texas, Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Broun of Georgia, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, John Fleming of Louisiana, Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Ralph Hall of Texas, Andy Harris of Maryland, Randy Hultgren of Illinois, Sam Johnson of Texas, Walter Jones, Jr. of North Carolina, Jim Jordan of Ohio, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Randy Neugebauer of Texas, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, Stevan Pearce of New Mexico, Robert Pittenger of North Carolina, Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania, David Schweikert of Arizona, Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Christopher Smith of New Jersey, Steven Stockman of Texas, Tim Walberg of Michigan, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia and Frank Wolf of Virginia.

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 – thresholds most likely too high for the amendment to gain any traction.

“With 54 senators and 185 representatives on record in support of marriage equality, threshold is impossible,” wrote's Josh Israel.