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Anti-gay bill compares equal marriage to forced sterilization

Nick Duffy January 11, 2016
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A proposed law in Tennessee and South Carolina compares same-sex marriage to forced sterilization.

Same-sex weddings began in the states after the US Supreme Court ruled last year that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

However, lawmakers have started to fight back – filing a ‘Natural Marriage Defense Act’ bill to bar state officials from recognizing same-sex marriages.

The bill, an identical versions of which has been filed in Tennessee states: “The United States Supreme Court is not infallible and has issued lawless decisions which are repulsive to the Constitution and natural law, including Buck v. Bell, Korematsu v. United States, Roe v. Wade, and, most recently, Obergefell v. Hodges.”

One of the mentioned decisions, Buck v Bell, upheld a law that forced mandatory sterilization of the mentally handicapped “for the protection and health of the state”.

Meanwhile, the Korematsu v United States decision upheld a law forcing Japanese-Americans into internment camps.

The bill also claims that two of the Supreme Court justices were unfit to rule on equal marriage.

It states: “Whereas, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, two justices essential to the bare five justice majority in Obergefell, failed to recuse themselves from consideration of the case, after demonstrating personal bias in its outcome, by officiating at and advocating for same-sex ‘marriage’ ceremonies, during the pendency of proceedings on the issue, in violation of 28 U.S.C. Section 5 (“Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”).”

It also compares the ruling to a ruling against gravity, stating: “Whereas, the decision in Obergefell purporting to overturn natural marriage flies in the face of reality, the created order, and the law of nature, just as if the Court were to claim authority to strike down the law of gravity or other natural laws.”

(H/t Talking Point Memo)

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