With a growing acceptance of same-sex marriage in America, conservatives are faced with a major issue: They are losing yet another group against which they can gleefully and openly discriminate. Ted Cruz, for instance, wants to change the Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage altogether.
Utah Republican Kraig Powell introduced a bill within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision not to entertain delusional challenges from five states that wanted to go back to the way things were before marriage equality became a reality in an effort to stem the encroaching threat of two men or women enjoying the ability to marry — a fundamental human right, according to the United Nations.
“For example, Utah code doesn’t have a chapter heading called ‘Marriage,’” Powell said. “It is actually titled ‘Husband and Wife,’ and all the statutes on marriage refer to ‘husband and wife.’ So we have a lot of work to revise statutes, and have many details to decide.”
Senator Jim Dabakis said that lawmakers like Powell should not view an opportunity to rewrite state law as an opportunity to undermine the Supreme Court’s decision.
“Anyone who is saying we can twist the wording of state law into anything other than full complete equal marriage is going to be in for serious disappointment,” he said, noting that numerous laws that have been found unconstitutional in the past have remained on the books without being enforced. As such, he said, there is no need to rewrite marriage laws, and that marriage can simply be extended to gay couples.
Powell, somehow, doesn’t quite get it. He says that simply extending rights to LGBT couples is easy with tax benefits, health insurance, and inheritance, but parental rights are an issue.
“For example in the case of a married woman who is pregnant, state law now presumes that her husband legally is the father,” Powell said. “What should happen in the case of two women who are married? Should the partner be presumed to have parental rights? What about the rights of the biological father? Are there any? Those are the types of things we need to work through.”
Powell even coined a new term for gay couples: “Pairages,” because “they do not have the ability to produce a child.”
Powell says that the Supreme Court’s decision “kicks the ball back to state legislatures,” and that it could lead to “what can be many years of tinkering with marriage laws.”