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Outrage At Gay To Underage Marriage Comparison

From an apoplectic Reuters:

Anger after Pennsylvania likens gay marriage to child nuptials

By Elizabeth Daley | August 29, 2013

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Gay marriage advocates expressed outrage on Thursday over a court document filed by lawyers for the state of Pennsylvania that likens same-sex marriage to a partnership between 12-year-olds.

Lawyers for the Pennsylvania Department of Health included the statement in their lawsuit against a county clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite a state ban on same-sex nuptials.

"Had the Clerk issued marriage licenses to twelve-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each twelve-year-old has a legally enforceable ‘interest’ in his ‘license’ and is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his ‘license,’ else his due process rights be violated?" the state lawyers wrote.

In other words, a marriage license issued in violation of state laws doesn’t suddenly become legal because it was issued to gays. And the couples who received these marriage licenses illegally can’t expect to get a chance to have hearing on whether their licenses are legal simply because they are gay.

Charles Joughin, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, said not only is the statement offensive, it is flawed.

"Same-sex couples enter into marriage for the same reasons as opposite-sex couples: love, commitment and family. Children are not capable of giving consent, a critical component of legal marriage," Joughin said in a statement.

Mr. Joughin’s reasoning is perverted. The point is the law clerk had no right to be issuing marriage licenses in violation of the law, and therefore the licenses are no more valid than if it had been issued to any other couples seeking to have an illegal form of marriage.

Pennsylvania General Counsel James Schultz said the media mischaracterized the statement.

"Contrary to recent headlines, the administration does NOT equate same-sex marriage to the marriage of minors," Schultz said in a statement. The state’s intention, he said, was to give examples of "other individuals whose marriages were excluded under state law."

But Timothy Haggerty, a historian at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who has studied the gay rights movement, called the statement "incredibly condescending." …

Because it’s condescending to try to reason with homosexuals?

"It’s suggesting that adult members of our society are incapable of entering into contract because of their sexual orientation," Haggerty said. "It’s calling gay relationships adolescent, which has long been a tool of homophobia."

What a childish buffoon.

The state last month sued Montgomery County Clerk D. Bruce Hanes in an attempt to stop him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in suburban Philadelphia, a practice he started after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages in states where it is legal…

But do you see? We are not supposed to be bothered by ‘gay marriage.’ We are not supposed to be bothered by a lowly county clerk deciding to give out licenses to same sex couples, despite that being against the law in PA.

We are supposed to be shocked by the perfectly reasonable point that a license for any kind of illegal form of marriage is invalid. It is worse than Orwellian. The left are not only perverting the language, they are perverting logic.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 30th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Outrage At Gay To Underage Marriage Comparison”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    He should have chosen a polygamist marriage instead.

  2. mr_bill says:

    “Deviants upset about being compared to other deviants”

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