Listen up, folks. Kentucky’s Governor Steve Beshear wants everyone to know: Contrary to what you might think, a ban on same-sex marriage is not actually discriminatory against gay people.
In a brief filed with the Supreme Court, which is currently debating the issue of gay marriage, Beshear explained his rationale by saying that banning same-sex marriage isn’t homophobic because heterosexuals can’t marry people of the same gender either.
We repeat: Banning same-sex marriage isn’t homophobic because heterosexuals can’t marry people of the same gender either.
Feel free to take a moment to wrap your head around that logic.
Dan Canon, one of the lawyers representing the couples currently fighting the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, said: “Kentucky is in essence saying that our clients are precluded from marriage entirely, unless they change their sexual orientation (or simply marry someone to whom they are not attracted). It’s akin to passing a law banning all Catholic churches within city limits, and then saying it’s not discriminatory because you can still go to a Baptist church.”
But Gov. Beshear’s lawyer disagrees. She claims that the ban is not discriminatory since the law applies to everyone, gay or straight. Not to mention, opposite-sex marriage is “the formation of relationships that further the commonwealth’s fundamental interest in ensuring humanity’s continued existence.”
She also added that gay people don’t deserve legal protections because they had not wield enough political power, nor do that have much popular support.
Oh, and BTW, did we mention Steve Beshear is a Democrat? Seriously, WTF?
Sam Marcosson, a law professor at the University of Louisville told The Courier Journal: “I wonder what Governor Beshear and his lawyers would say if the shoe was on the other foot, and if the only option for marriage was of the same-sex variety.”
He added: “Marriage inequality has really hit a new low.”
We’d argue this isn’t so much a “new low” as it is opponents of marriage equality running out of arguments.