Six South Carolina Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill to amend state law to define same-sex marriage as “parody marriage.”
The Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act argues that any marriages not between a man and a woman “fail to check out the human design.” The bill also defines marriage as a “union between a man and a woman.”
The legislation, which has been submitted to the House Judiciary Committee, seeks “to provide that ‘parody marriage’ policies are non-secular in nature” and “to prohibit the state from respecting, endorsing or recognizing any ‘parody marriage’ policy or policies that treat sexual orientation as a suspect class.”
Josiah Magnuson, Bill Chumley, Steven Long, Mike Burns, John McCravy and Rick Martin are the six representatives behind the bill. All are up for re-election in the 2018 general election.
The lawmakers seem undeterred by the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed the rights of same-sex couples to marry and meant all 50 states must perform and recognize such marriages.
The supporters of the bill argue that although there has not been "a land rush" on gay marriage in the wake of the Supreme Court’s judgement, there has been an increase in "persecution of non-observers by secular humanists and an effort by secular humanists to infiltrate and indoctrinate minors in public schools into their world view."
This world view, the bill’s authors claim "is questionably moral, plausible, obscene, and is not secular."
The lawmakers believe that the observance of same-sex marriage rights has "excessively entageled" the state government with secular humanism and has created an indefensible legal weapon to be used on its opponents.
Long, who first proposed the bill, told local news site WACHFox: "It's true that people can do whatever they want in their own homes but they can't force that on the state."
Jeff March, president of SC Pride, claimed that the proposed bill was "Pure outright prejudice."
"The word 'parody' is very comical in its definition," March told WACHFox. "They want to call our marriage that we fought so hard for... a 'parody marriage.' That insults me on the deepest level."
"It’s written with hate. I can’t imagine there are state officials that put this in writing," March said.
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