This week sixty-three Texas legislators signed the Texas Conservative Coalition brief calling on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the state’s bans on same-sex marriage.
And heeeeere they are:
The brief states that U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia’s decision to strike down the marriage bans opened the door to a variety of unions that society has deemed unacceptable:
“The district court broadened the definition of the ‘existing right to marry’ as one that includes the right of people to ‘select the partners of their choosing’ for marriage, without regard to sex. If the right to select ‘partners of their choosing’ is the criterion used to invoke marriage as a fundamental right, then marriage restrictions on age, polygamy, and consanguinity are also ripe for challenge.”
That means they feel that if you allow Adam and Steve, or Madam and Eve, to marry, you’d also have to allow a grown-assed man or woman to marry a child, or allow men to marry many women, or allow sisters and brothers to marry.
I am so over that argument. Please, please for the love of the goddess, show me where, in any state where marriage equality has come to be, that a man asked to marry a child, or several women, or his sister, his dog, his horse, his car ….
Just because you say something over and over and over and over and over again doesn’t make it true, because if that were the case, I’d be constantly saying that being a Republican causes dementia and being from Texas causes one to lose any and all brain function.
If I say it enough, maybe folks will believe it? But then, as Republicans and Conservatives, and asshats and wingnuts, are apt to do, they walked back their rhetoric just a bit:
“None of this is to say that recognition of pedophilia or other morally reprehensible actions being recognized as valid is actually a logical next step that would follow recognition of same-sex marriages.”
Oh, so when you said that allowing two men or two women the legal right to marry, it would lead to incest and bigamy and pedophilia, you didn’t really mean it? But you said it because … fear.
Use fear as a way to advance your intolerance and bigotry and downright stupidity.
Maybe I was right, maybe being a Texas Republican leads to dementia and loss of brain function.
Or maybe not.