Kentucky Governor's Brief Claims Marriage Equality Will Cause Birth Rate To Rapidly Decline
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's attorneys have filed a brief in the marriage equality case working its way throughout the state system, and its an offensive doozy. Should marriage equality becom legal in Kentucky, the governor's lawyers claim, straight people will stop having babies. You know, like they've done in every other state, country or region that offers equal access to marriage rights for all its couples.
The Courier-Journal reports:
Appealing a federal judge's decision that the state's ban violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law, Beshear's hired counsel say Kentucky has a legitimate interest in encouraging procreation to support "long-term economic stability through stable birth rates." U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II in February struck down Kentucky's law and constitutional amendment banning the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states, saying Kentucky had offered no rational basis for treating gay and lesbian couple's differently. In a 32-page appeal, attorney Leigh Gross Latherow says Kentucky has an interest in maintaining birth rates, which, if allowed to fall, can induce economic crises because of the reduced demand for good and services and the reduction of the work force. She cited recent dips in the economies of Germany and Japan tied to declines in their birth rates. The appeal doesn't explain how allowing gays to marry would reduce the birth rate among heterosexual couples.
That's right, though it's unprecedented in two decades of marriage equality around the world, Gov. Beshear thinks straight Kentuckians are actually gay and will all come out of the closet in a giant wedding orgy once they're given equal rights.