As anticipation builds for the Supreme Court’s ruling on California’s Proposition 8, various arguments are surfacing from each side of the aisle.
Virginia governor hopeful Ken Cuccinelli, who serves as the current attorney general for the state, wrote an amicus brief with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller arguing that legalizing gay marriage is a gateway for the legalization of polygamy, since, obviously, one plus one equals four.
The main argument in the brief is that responsible parenting cannot be a justification for gay marriage, since families practicing polygamy can make the same argument.
The brief reads:
Responsible parenting is not a justification for same-sex-couple marriage, as distinguished from recognition of any other human relationships. It is instead a rationale for eliminating marriage as government recognition of a limited set of relationships, Once the natural limits that inhere in the relationship between a man and a woman can no longer sustain the definition of marriage, the conclusion that follows is that any grouping of adults would have an equal claim to marriage. See, e.g. , Jonathan Turley, One Big, Happy Polygamous Family , NY Times, July 21, 2011, at A27 (‘[Polygamists] want to be allowed to create a loving family according to the values of their faith.’).
The brief also argues that the government has no reason to recognize marriage as other than between a man and a woman.
"Because any interest in same-sex couples bears no link to any characteristic innately limited to them, it contains no limiting principle for excluding other groupings of individuals,” the brief states.
Except for the fact that they absolutely do have defining characteristics — a marriage is a life-long commitment between two consenting adults. Not four adults, and not an adult and a dog, but two adults who want to commit their lives together.
Besides, an emphasis on the “life-long” part of the definition needs much more attention than the “between a man and a woman” bit.