Michigan is among the states facing a legal challenge to its ban on marriage equality, and the state attorney general has decided to pull out all the most offensive arguments possible in defending the law. In a brief filed in U.S. District Court, Attorney General Bill Schuette (no points for guessing he’s a Republican) insists that the state has the right to “regulate sexual relations between man and woman so that the unique procreative capacity of such relationships benefits rather than harms society.” In other words, it’s all about the baby-making, and anything else is just wrong, wrong, wrong.
The case that elicited this half-baked and long-discredited argument from Schuette involves April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who say that the state’s ban on same-sex adoption and on marriage equality violates their rights.
Schuette, either out of desperation or ignorance, is relying upon arguments that have completely failed in other courts, most notably in the defense of California’s Proposition 8. Undeterred, Schuette forged on in his brief. “The understanding of marriage as a union of man and woman, uniquely involving the rearing of children born of their union, is age-old, universal, and enduring. As illustrated by a plethora of research, social scientists have consistently recognized the essential connection between marriage and responsible procreation and childrearing.”
Um, would that be the same research that Russia is citing to support legislation to take children away from gay parents?