In a move that left even people on their side of the battlefield stunned, a group in Michigan has gone back to Rick Santorum's old stomping ground: claiming that gay marriage will lead to pedophilia, bestiality and who knows what else.
The group, called the Traditionalist Youth Network, filed an amicus brief in the ongoing Michigan gay marriage case. Michigan has been a battleground in the same-sex marriage fight lately, since a judge overturned the law banning same-sex marriage. That state's Attorney General, Bill Schutte, filed an appeal in the case, and a judge issued a stay halting same-sex marriage while the whole thing works its way through the courts.
A similar situation happened recently in Kentucky, but there the state Attorney General refused to appeal the case.
The amicus brief filed by TradYouth, as they call their little club, was not welcome by the Attorney General in Michigan. It read, in part:
"The Culture distorters and those who espouse their ideals flagrantly reject originalism and often treat the United States Constitution like an accordion: they frequently stretch it out to invent rights that do not exist -- such as the “right” to have an abortion or the “right” to engage in sodomy or the “right” to view pornographic materials -- and they constrict it to not mean things that it certainly does -- such as by denying the plain language of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution."
"The reason why banning same-sex marriage is a legitimate state interest is because the State of Michigan’s inherent police powers authorize the government to promote the health, safety, morals, and public welfare of its people, and it is respectfully submitted that same-sex marriage is an affront to the health, safety, morals, and public welfare of the residents of the State of Michigan, which is why the Western and American legal traditions have proscribed sodomy, much less same-sex marriage, for thousands and hundreds of years, respectively."
"If a state cannot be permitted to define marriage as simply as constituting one man and one woman, then our culture will be taken down a very slippery slope that will see pedophiles, polygamists, zoophiles, those in incestuous relationships, and every other sexual deviant with proclivities now known or to be invented to challenge laws that, likewise, prevent them from marrying whom -- or what -- they wish."
The brief also inexplicably quoted W.B. Yeats' The Second Coming ("Turning and turning the widening gyre…").
The group's website expounded on their views:
"When your cause is truly just and worthy, you can’t calculate the odds. Whether it’s facing down hundreds of Marxist agitators, engaging mainstream media smear campaigners, or challenging anti-White extremist Tim Wise’s lies on our college campuses, we’re going to fight for family, folk, and faith wherever it’s under assault."
Attorney General Schutte, when asked about the brief replied, "There is no place in this discussion for derogatory language, and anything like it will be completely disregarded by the Department of Attorney General. The Sixth Circuit should use this brief to line a birdcage, because that's all it's good for."
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