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COLUMBIA, SC — Six Republican lawmakers in South Carolina introduced a bill to the House on Thursday, the day after Valentine’s Day, to reclassify same-sex marriages as a “parody marriage.”

The “Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act” claims that the only legitimate marriages are those between one man and one woman, and would have the state only legally recognize those unions as legitimate marriage. 

“Marriage between and man and a woman arose out of the nature of things and marriage between a man and a woman is natural, neutral, and noncontroversial, unlike parody forms of marriage,” the bill states. 

The bill claims marriage equality puts South Carolina in an untenable situation in regards to the separation of church and state, claiming it is a religious ideal. 

It calls “all forms of parody marriage and all self-asserted sex-based identity narratives and sexual orientations that fail to check out the human design…part of the religion of Secular Humanism.”

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The bills sponsors are Steven Long, Bill Chumley, Mike Burns, John McCravy, Josiah Magnuson and Rick Martin.

“We’re seeing this religion as kind of a secular humanism or moral relativism advance above any type of nonreligious policy,” Long said.

“Pure prejuidice is what that is. Pure outright prejudice,” Jeff March, the president of SC Pride, told the local Fox affiliate. “They want to call our marriage that we fought so hard for, marriage equality, they want to call our marriage now, a ‘parody marriage.’ That insults me on the deepest level.”

“It’s true that people can do whatever they want in their own homes, but they can’t force that on the state,” Long said.

“This bill is an absurd insult to the gay and lesbian families of South Carolina, and their children,” Shaundra Young Scott, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina, said in a statement. “Marriage equality is settled law, affirmed in 2015 by the United States Supreme Court. The authors use a ridiculous legal argument in a blatant attempt to roll back the rights of LGBTQ citizens. The real parody here is not marriages of same-sex couples, but the introduction of the ‘Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act’ as any kind of governing. This should die in committee, and we call on members of the South Carolina House to ensure that this bill never becomes law.”

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2 replies on “Republicans in South Carolina want to reclassify same-sex marriages as ‘parody’ to strip them of rights”

  1. Lets re-classify the Republicans then, from human beings to the lowest species in the universe, without brains, without compassion, feelings, anything! Just living worthless creatures!

  2. On the one hand, State Rep. Steven Long, R-Spartanburg, the bill’s main sponsor, said the legislation is about upholding the Constitution by maintaining a separation of church and state. “We have to have policies that are nonreligious or secular in nature,” Long said.
    However, State Rep. Rick Martin, R-Newberry, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. “As a Christian, of course I do” [believe in traditional marriage] Martin said. “We have to take a stand in one form or fashion. This is how I feel and this is how I stand. For the most part, I know my constituents feel the same way.”
    So which is it? Is it about acknowledging that there is a separation of Church & State in our Constitution, as Long states, which supports the ruling of our Supreme Court 3 years ago, validating the basic legal right to legal contract of marriage in our civil laws while leaving untouched a Church’s right to perform (or not) a religious ceremony? Or is it as the Bill’s co-sponsor, Martin states, actually the joining of Church & State, where the Christians, he apparently exclusively represents in the Upstate, are empowered to dictate their Religious values as law?
    Or is it really just a joke by The architect behind the bills, Chris Sevier, an Columbia attorney who has unsuccessfully sued states multiple times for the right to marry a laptop computer? If, so, the joke’s on us, South Carolina.
    This Bill is a farce who’s sponsors can’t even agree on it’s purpose. These politicians are laughing at US, pandering to base prejudices, hoping to get knee-jerk reaction and open old wounds to exploit for votes or contributions. They should know, above all others, that the Adults in the room, the Supreme Court, have already spoken, and these state legislators are just the disruptive juvenile bullies at the back of the room telling F*g jokes under their breath.

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