A Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin offered up a genius argument against marriage equality, that it could lead to two sisters or two brothers being allowed to get married. Cue the slippery slope argument.
A candidate in the Republican primary for the Third U.S. Congressional district said Tuesday that a recent federal ruling striking down Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban could lead to incestuous marriages.
Karen Mueller, an attorney from Chippewa Falls, spoke about the issue with her two opponents, Army veteran Tony Kurtz, Prairie du Chien, and building contractor Ken Van Doren, Mauston, at a “Meet the Candidates” event in Tomah sponsored by the Republican Party of Monroe County.
Mueller said the argument that any two people who are committed to each other should by allowed to marry must, by extension, apply to members of the same family.“We’ve got, for instance, two sisters, and these two sisters want to get married. They love each other. They are committed to each other. They want to spend the rest of their life together,” Mueller said.
She said their lawyers could argue, “‘We can just do away with that state law the same way we did away with sodomy laws.’ Once you do away with that, you reveal what is really going on here.”
Lawyers can argue anything, but that doesn’t mean they’re gonna get it. Every single question of whether this person should be allowed to marry that person is a distinct one, with the upshot being: Does the government have a compelling interest in preventing such marriages? The opponents of interracial marriage made the exact same argument Mueller is making, but would that have justified not allowing those of different races to marry? Of course not.
If the government can’t show a compelling need to prevent incest or polygamy, then the laws preventing such marriages should be overturned.