South Carolina Republicans want ‘parody marriages’ to circumvent marriage equality

Feb 27, 2018

By Zack Ford

A group of South Carolina state lawmakers have proposed a new bill to try to circumvent marriage equality and allow discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bi people. It would dub same-sex couples’ marriages “parody marriages,” and its reasoning is incomprehensibly bizarre.

According to H. 4949, a “parody marriage” is “any form of marriage that does not involve one man and one woman.” It proposes that “the State of South Carolina shall no longer respect, endorse, or recognize any form of parody marriage policy because parody marriage policies are nonsecular.”

It likewise seeks to justify discrimination by proposing that “the State of South Carolina shall no longer enforce, recognize, or respect any policy that treats sexual orientation as a suspect class because all such statutes lack a secular purpose.”

Only marriages between a man and a woman would continue to be recognized “because such marriage policies are secular, accomplishing nonreligious objectives.”

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One comment on “South Carolina Republicans want ‘parody marriages’ to circumvent marriage equality”

  • @OP – According to H. 4949, a “parody marriage” is “any form of marriage that does not involve one man and one woman.”

    Backwards as usual, and WRONG!
    A parody marriage is a marriage which does not involve an emotionally bonded partnership between real living people!

    It proposes that
    “the State of South Carolina shall no longer respect, endorse, or recognize
    any form of parody marriage policy because parody marriage policies are nonsecular.”

    Stating the fact that god-deluded bigots, foolishly entrusted with up-holding constitutional rights, have no respect for laws or other people’s relationships, is simply stating the obvious!

    because parody marriage policies are nonsecular.”

    Parody marriages have been religiously non-secular for years!

    https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/forum/what-is-it-like-being-married-to-jesus

    So, what’s it like being married to Jesus?
    Real. Very real.
    It is not poetry. It is not metaphor. It is not make-believe.

    Nuns often get referred to as “brides of Christ,” which is what we are, but after all these years, I also feel like his wife, his old lady, not just his blushing bride.

    I think it is fair to describe polygamous delusional marriages to an imaginary friend, as a “parody marriages” – regardless of any religious ceremonies involved!



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