The state of Idaho is appealing the court ruling that struck down their ban on same-sex marriage and trotting out the absurd “we’re doing it for the children” pretext. Funny how that only counts for the children of straight couples, the children of gay couples can go to hell.
Gov. Butch Otter’s petition, filed Tuesday, said the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong when it maintained that banning same-sex marriage violates couple’s equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. Otter asked the Supreme Court to take up the issue once and for all, saying the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was not about discrimination against gay couples — rather, it was about the children.
“[Idaho’s] view of marriage is biologically based and primarily child-centered,” the petition reads. “And it holds that the principal (though not exclusive) purpose of marriage is to unite a child to his or her biological mother and father whenever possible, and when not possible, to a mother and father.”“The time has come for this court to resolve a question of critical importance to the States, their citizens and especially their children: Whether the federal Constitution prohibits a State from maintaining the traditional understanding and definition of marriage as between a man and a woman,” the petition reads.
Otter’s argument against same-sex marriage, which has been legal in Idaho since the 9th Circuit’s ruling October, is that children benefit from the “salutary” effects of being raised by a heterosexual couple.
A nonsensical argument on multiple levels. First, because all of the legal and financial protections that help the children of straight couples apply just as well to the children of gay couples. Second, because an inability to get married simply does not mean that those children will be raised by straight couples. The argument is so absurd. Do they really think that if they don’t let gay couples get married, those gay people will magically become straight and marry someone of the opposite sex instead? Who could maintain such an idiotic position with a straight face?