Kansas Bill Seeks To Define Gay Marriage As A “Parody” Of Marriage

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In Kansas, Republican Rep. Randy Garber authored a bill that refers to same-sex marriages as "parody marriages".

In a bid to keep the state of Kansas from recognizing same-sex marriages, state lawmakers are pushing one bill that labels such unions as “parody marriages” and another that would create an “elevated marriage” for straight couples.

From The Wichita Eagle:

The public disapproval of same-sex marriage from some Republican lawmakers comes just months after voters elected the state’s first openly gay lawmakers and less than two weeks after the introduction of a bill that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT individuals statewide.

The anti-gay marriage bills stand virtually no chance of becoming law. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s first official act in office was to restore non-discrimination protections for LGBT state workers, and she would almost certainly veto such a bill.

Even if the bill became law, it would face immediate legal challenge, as a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made same-sex marriage legal across the land.

Still, Republicans seem bent on diminishing same-sex unions.

“Their marriage probably doesn’t affect me – their union or whatever you want to call it. But in my opinion, they’re trying to force their beliefs on society,” said Rep. Randy Garber, a Sabetha Republican and the bill’s lead sponsor.

One of the bills describes sexual orientation as a “mythology.”

Democratic Rep. Susan Ruiz, the first lesbian to serve openly as a Kansas state lawmaker, said she was “very disappointed” by the measures.

“I see who the co-sponsors are and I sit with a couple of them in committee and I’m certainly going to talk to them about that and say, hey, I don’t know if you know about it or not, but I’m not a myth… Am I a unicorn?”

Garber’s bills have just six or seven co-sponsors.

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They're not trying to force any beliefs on anyone. They just want to be accepted like everyone else.

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