The state of Michigan wrapped up its case on Thursday in the suit challenging our ban on same-sex marriage and second-parent adoption and it didn’t go very well for them. One of their witnesses was ruled out by the judge, one got pummeled on the witness stand and the last one got all religious.
Michigan’s gay marriage trial ended on an explosive note today, with the state’s final witness saying he believes unrepentant homosexuals are going to hell.
His views emerged following a question from plaintiffs attorney Ken Mogill, who is fighting to overturn Michigan’s ban on gay marriage.
“Is it accurate that you believe the consequence of engaging in homosexual acts is a separation from God and eternal damnation?” Mogill asked the state’s expert, then added, “in other words, they’re going to hell.”
“Without repentance, yes,” answered the expert, Canadian economist Douglas Allen, the last witness to testify on behalf of the state in a trial that could make Michigan the 18th state to legalize gay marriage.
The state’s entire position on this is that it’s just too risky, that we don’t know enough about whether the children of gay parents won’t be damaged forever. But this argument is totally irrelevant to the legal questions in the case. The plaintiffs already have children and they’re already gay (it’s a lesbian couple with three children, one adopted by one of them and two adopted by the other). Those kids are going to be raised by them no matter what the law says, but they won’t have the kind of legal and financial protections that children in straight families have, protections that the same people who oppose same-sex marriage tell us are vital for their well-being. So why does this magically not apply to children of gay parents?
Let me give the obvious answer: Because that isn’t really their position, it’s the one they are forced to use because they can’t just come out and say “gay people are really icky and immoral and God doesn’t like them.” And that’s what they actually believe. I will be very surprised if the judge doesn’t strike down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.