“Marriage between a 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.”
Six republican lawmakers in South Carolina and Wyoming are attempting to introduce a bill that redefines same-sex weddings as a “parody marriage”.
Representatives Steven Wayne Long, Bill Chumley, Mike Burns, John McCravy, Josiah Magnuson and Rick Martin are sponsoring the ridiculous bill.
Their bill – titled Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act – was introduced 15 February, and considers “parody marriage” to be any form of marriage that does not involve one man and one woman.
It reads: “A bill to amend the code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding section 20-1-110 so as to enact the “Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act”; to define certain terms, including “parody marriage” and “marriage”; to provide that parody marriage policies are nonsecular in nature; to prohibit the state from respecting, endorsing, or recognizing any parody marriage policy or policies that treat sexual orientation as a suspect class; and for other purposes.”
The bill goes on to read: “Marriage between a 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.”
Long said the legislation aims to uphold the Constitution by maintaining a separation of church and state.
“Whatever someone does in their own time and in their own home is their business, but when it comes to the government in the state, we have to have policies that are nonreligious or secular in nature,” said Long.
President of South Carolina Pride – Jeff March – told WACH: “Pure prejudice is what that is. Pure outright prejudice.
“The word parody is very comical in its definition. an imitation of the style of a particular writer or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effort. 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.
He added: “We’re not trying to impersonate anyone here. we are trying to be the equal of everyone here. It’s written with hate. I can’t imagine there are state officials that put this in writing.”
The bill was referred to Committee on Judiciary on 15 February. If the bill is passed onto law, it would mean South Carolina would not recognise any form of “parody marriage”, and will continue to enforce, endorse and recognise marriages that are just between a man and woman.