Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a vociferous opponent of gay marriage, on Tuesday declared, “There's a third person in your marriage,” a reference to God.

Huelskamp rose to speak out in support of National Marriage Week, which aims to “strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate and build a stronger marriage culture.”

After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, Huelskamp reacted by introducing legislation that seeks to define marriage as a heterosexual union in the U.S. Constitution.

“But as we debate the definition of marriage, where we have a court that on one hand in June says we're going to let the states decide kinda unless you're in California and then on the other hand there's a federal definition or state definition,” Huelskamp said from the House floor. “At the end of the day, it's all about how important marriage is.”

Huelskamp stated that the Kansas GOP opposed marriage equality in 1856 by claiming that its opposition to barbarism was a reference to “irregular marriage.”

“In 1856, the Republican Party had a number of things in their platform. … They also wanted to face other numerous things including the twin evils of slavery and barbarism. They were talking about the issues of irregular marriage. And the issues of traditional marriage and how important it was and still is to society.”

He concluded with: “Marriage can be tough. It really is. But God is calling you to do everything you can. It's just not you and your spouse. There's a third person in your marriage. And God would like to bless and protect that marriage, and give you many fruitful days ahead.”

(Watch Huelskamp's remarks.)