Politics

Federal Judge Robert Jones Rules the "Perpetuation of the Human Race" Justifies Nevada's Ban on Gay Marriage

| by Michael Allen

Federal Judge Robert Jones, a Mormon appointed by President George W. Bush, upheld Nevada’s ban on same sex marriage based on the need for the "perpetuation of the human race," but also claimed that marriage rights for gay people could lead to “an increased percentage of out-of-wedlock children," reports RawStory.com.

Judge Jones wrote in his decision: “It simply cannot be seriously maintained, in light of these and other recent democratic victories [in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington], that homosexuals do not have the ability to protect themselves from discrimination through democratic processes such that extraordinary protection from majoritarian processes is appropriate."

Judge Jones also wrote: "Human beings are created through the conjugation of one man and one woman. The percentage of human beings conceived through non-traditional methods is minuscule and adoption, the form of child-rearing in which same-sex couples may typically participate together, is not an alternative means of creating children, but rather a social backstop for when traditional biological families fail."

"The perpetuation of the human race depends upon traditional procreation between men and women. The institution developed in our society, its predecessor societies, and by nearly all societies on Earth throughout history to solidify, standardize, and legalize the relationship between a man, a woman, and their offspring, is civil marriage between one man and one woman."

The civil rights organization Lambda Legal has vowed to appeal the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is traditionally liberal.