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Kentucky GOP Rep. Wants to Ban Gay Marriage By Renaming Marriage

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

They're getting desperate.

Kentucky state Representative Joseph M. Fischer (R) has introduced a bill to essentially bypass the Supreme Court's ruling against gay marriage bans by renaming marriage to "matrimony."

Fischer has introduced HB 572, the “Matrimonial Freedom Act” — an epic 454-page bill that creates the new status of “matrimony.” Declaring that the Supreme Court has established an “absolute Tyranny over these States,” the bill asserts, “we have full power to define marriage and to establish a new institution of matrimony in this Commonwealth,” adding, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Naturally, Fishcer's institution of "matrimony" would only accommodate straight couples.

Fischer's bill, HB 572, is apparently over 450 pages long because renaming and redefining the institution of marriage requires renaming it across all applicable state laws and codes that apply to marriage. Representative Fischer also filed another bill, HB 571, that amends the state Constitution to replace marriage with "matrimony."

Granted I am not a constitutional law professor or even a legal clerk, but I'm fairly certain you cannot circumvent the Supreme Court's ruling by simply renaming marriage and establishing a new set of rules for it.

I don't expect the legislature will pass Fischer's bills but even if they did the very first federal judge to get a whiff of it would laugh it out of the courtroom.

  • ninjaf

    “I know! We’ll get around this by using a thesaurus! I am pretty sure there were 2 of those on Noah’s Ark so it’s legit!”

  • Draxiar

    “Divine Providence”….there it is. Their belief says so. Nevermind that marriage now has secular roots and in this society that’s what legislation depends on: secularism. Despite their inane babbling, this country was not founded as a Christian one.

  • muselet

    Go back a few decades to the aftermath of Loving v. Virginia, and a Joseph M Fischer type would be introducing a bill to redefine marriage to exclude miscegenationists.

    Except no one seems to have done that. Racist arseholes fumed and fretted and threatened and even resorted to violence on occasion, but the inbred crackers serving in state governments actually knew better than to think they could redefine marriage to exclude couples they found icky.

    The current generation of inbred crackers doesn’t even know that much. So much for a bible-academy education.

    Five will get you eight, Fischer will be reelected in a landslide.


  • GrafZeppelin127

    I guess this is the end result of the monumentally moronic idea that this ever had anything to do with the word “marriage.” The Obergefell ruling means that if the state creates and offers a special legal status (and a bundle of rights that go with it) — no matter what it’s called — to couples who choose to exercise it, it must justify offering it to some couples but not others. If the states can’t justify offering “marriage” to straight couples but not gay couples, then it can’t justify offering “matrimony” — or any other nominal status — to straight couples but not gay couples.

    Neither can the state create a special status called “matrimony” — or anything else — for straight couples only, irrespective of whether “marriage” remains on the books.

    This is super-duper-ultra-mega stupid.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      But I love it!

      I love the creative desperation. Can you just smell the panic?

      But let them dig their hole deeper and deeper. Once the boomers die off, it’s going to take a generation before the GOP recovered from being the party of virulent homophobia (if they ever recover, that is).