Texas’s marriage laws are rationally related to the State’s interest in reducing unplanned out-of-wedlock births. By channeling procreative heterosexual intercourse into marriage, Texas’s marriage laws reduce unplanned out-of-wedlock births and the costs that those births impose on society,” the brief read. “Recognizing same-sex marriage does not advance this interest because same-sex unions do not result in pregnancy. At the very least, one could rationally believe that opposite-sex marriages will do more to advance the State’s interest in reducing unplanned out-of-wedlock births than same-sex marriages will.
This is a direct quote from TX Attorney General, Greg Abbott. I mean, I understand that homophobes are, by their very nature, stupid… but it has to physically hurt to be that level of idiotic. And I’m not even being mean because he believes differently than I do… I’m just pointing out how insanely moronic this “argument” is.
Let’s get this
gay straight. This man, who is supposedly university educated (in law, no less) is arguing that same-sex marriages will increase the number of children born out of wedlock (supposedly to heterosexual parents). Unless same-sex couples have suddenly been gifted with the magical ability to impregnate single women during their marriage ceremony, I don’t see how that’s even remotely possibly. After all, the union of gay couples have nothing whatsoever to do with the sexual proclivities of straight couples so I don’t see how legalising same-sex marriages will suddenly make non-married straight couples go out and have kids.
Even if he were arguing that these out-of-marriage births would be the result of gay couples going out and having kids, wouldn’t it therefore make more sense to ensure that these parents were allowed the freedom to marry, in order to ensure that these kids were in such a household? But oh no, because he goes on to state:
Same-sex marriage may very well produce other societal benefits – such as increasing household wealth or providing a stable environment for children raised by same-sex couples – but that does not establish that Texas’s marriage laws lack a rational relation to the State’s interests in reducing unplanned out-of-wedlock births and encouraging the creation of new offspring.
The contradiction in this simple statement is baffling! This man actually acknowledges the benefits that children would receive from same-sex couples, but argues that restricting marriage equality would reduce unplanned pregnancies and still create new offspring.
Again, let’s dissect this. Does he not realise that gay couples are fundamentally (and biologically) unable to produce unplanned pregnancies? Seriously, this is a university-educated man. Now, in the instances that heterosexual unmarried couples produce unplanned (possibly unwanted) children, same-sex couples may be the very solution to providing these kids with loving homes. Although he, himself, states that same-sex couples would, indeed, provide stable environments for these children, he is arguing that these same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry because these children need married couples to raise them (?????) The actual hell?!
At this point, I’m actually embarrassed for him. See, this is what happens when you try to apply logic to a completely irrational argument. More and more anti-gay individuals are realising that their “my religion says so” argument is not a good
enough defence. With this realisation, they’re forced to come up with logical points to support their arguments. The problem is… there are no logical points. Short of screaming that “the Bible says so”, there’s no other argument against marriage equality that can be taken even remotely seriously. As a result, we’re forced to deal with garbage like what Abbott is trying to get us to subscribe to.
On a related note, awesome job to the US Supreme Court for granting marriage freedom in so many states. As we speak, Alaska is seeking a stay from the Supreme Court, but considering the fact that the Supreme Court so far has flat out refused this exact same request multiple times before, the likelihood of them granting it now is close to zero, and Alaskan politicians know this. Which means that they’re only being vindictive, and preventing same-sex couples the ability to wed for as long as they can legally achieve it. It’s both revolting and pitiful.
Still, though, the tide is turning, and equality throughout the entire country is just around the corner!