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Michigan GOP attorneys argue that marriage laws ‘regulate sexual relationships’ and ensure procreation

In an eyebrow-raising argument, attorneys representing Michigan GOP governor Rick Snyder claim that the state’s constitutional amendment defining marriage is necessary to “regulate sexual relationships.”

The claim was made in opposition to a case that says the state’s ban on same-sex joint adoptions violates the U.S. Constitution. The motion was brought by April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a couple who challenged Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban in addition to challenging the state’s adoption laws.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse have lived together for 6 years.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse have lived together for 6 years.

The state attorneys claimed that laws defining marriage are meant to “regulate sexual relationships between men and women so that the unique procreative capacity of such relationships benefits rather than harms society.”

They went on to argue that prior to a Massachusetts ruling in 2004 that enforced a right to same-sex marriage in the state, “it was commonly understood that the institution of marriage owed its very existence to society’s vital interest in responsible procreation and child-rearing.”

The state also argued that if the couple wants to overturn the ban, they should be doing it through the means of a ballot initiative rather than turning to courts.

“If Michigan’s definition of marriage is to be changed, and if joint unmarried adoptions are to be authorized, both should be done by the people of the state of Michigan,” the state’s brief argued.

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  1. Michael

    September 19, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Damn, it is not enough to be an attorney, now they want to play God…

  2. Amy Etkind

    September 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

    What part of “This is America, we DO NOT vote on other people’s RIGHTS” doesn’t this putz get? They’re called RIGHTS for a reason. And if you refuse them for one group, pretty soon, your group will lose theirs, too.

  3. Linda

    September 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Wow, I really feel sorry for any woman in his life! She must be able to say a word without his consent and probably has to walk 5 paces behind him.

  4. Father Guido

    September 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    What I find most disturbing is I am not hearing from the intelligent wing of the republican party, only the lunatic fringe (the fascists).

    I know there are decent republicans in that party, why won’t they speak out and take control of their message anymore?

    What has happened to the GOP? Have all the decent, intelligent and sensible folks died off or are they all off cowering in the corner somewhere?

    We can’t demonize ALL the republicans because then we force the reasonable folks into a corner ourselves…

  5. Amanda Luke

    September 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    The sole purpose behind marriage is to protect property and sovereignty rights. Read a book.

  6. Tambra Galid

    September 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    So, in essence they are saying that people who either choose not to have children or those who are infertile are not to have the same rights as those who do have children?

  7. Lynette Mccarter

    September 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Amanda is right , marriage is protect assets between spouses, babies come no matter what!

  8. Brian McPhillips

    September 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Last I checked, we have more people on this planet than we’ve ever had before. Millions of children live malnourished and many die from starvation each year …. so yes, the guy is a fucking idiot if he thinks our pro-creation levels are in danger.

  9. Josh M

    September 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    If they were playing “God”, wouldn’t they cease to exist?

  10. Juliet

    September 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    They’re cowering in a corner. If they say what they truly believe, the TP will field a ‘more suitable’ person for their position.

    They should let them do it. Let the Tea Party go on display without any moderation. That should galvanize people into voting.

  11. Juliet

    September 19, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Someone should press them until they confirm or repudiate it. Wonder how many people would support these politicians if their true positions were known?

  12. Carrie

    September 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

    He didn’t even sign it into law?

  13. DeWayne Drake

    November 7, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Only the idiots think there’s a defense for their beliefs, the intelligent republicans (if there is such a critter) keeps their mouths shut..

  14. Tambra Galid

    November 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    But that is not the gist of this man’s statement. Whether Amanda is right or wrong, the statement patently says that people who do not reproduce do not have the same rights as those who do.

  15. Larry Dillon

    November 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Hey Rick I won’t tell your wife how to suck your limp dick…so you don’t tell me how to suck hard ones

  16. Larry Dillon

    November 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    He’s a religious Jesus Junkie thats been blinded by the invisible light…guess what? Real legal and scientific light switches are flipping..rendering him in the dark

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