Homophobic congressman loses his seat

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10: during a "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally, on Capitol Hill, September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. Some conservative lawmakers are making a push to try to defund the health care law as part of the debates over the budget and funding the federal government. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Tim Huelskamp a Republican Kansas Representative, lost in a primary on Tuesday to Roger Marshall, a newcomer. The former Congressman has been one of the most vocally anti-gay members in the House of Representatives, claiming that Obama wants to “destroy the family and replace it with his view of a radical new social agenda”. He has regularly addressed listed anti-gay hate groups, including the Family Research Council and the National Organisation for Marriage – and in 2013 attempted to introduce a constitutional amendment to override a court ruling in favour of same-sex marriage. Eaarlier this year, his aide was arrested and charged with child sex crimes.

In a short statement, the congressman’s chief of staff Matt Kelly said: “Upon learning of his arrest, the Office immediately placed Mr Pennell on Leave Without Pay until further notice. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”

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