John M. Becker

Utah Lawmaker Files Bill to Call Same-Sex Marriages 'Pairages'

Filed By John M. Becker | October 08, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: dick move, gay marriage, GOP 2014, Kraig Powell, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Republican Party, same-sex marriage, Utah

kraig-powell-utah.jpegThere's been no shortage of hand-wringing, wailing, and gnashing of teeth from hysterical anti-gay bigots in the wake of Monday's Supreme Court decision to bring marriage equality to eleven states by letting lower pro-equality court rulings stand.

But perhaps the biggest dick move of all comes from Utah State Representative Kraig Powell -- a Republican, of course -- who introduced a bill that would rewrite state marriage laws, for the sole purpose of denigrating same-sex couples. Powell's proposal would call same-sex marriages "pairages," the New York Times reports:

Just hours after a curt order from the United States Supreme Court on Monday opened the door to same-sex marriages in 11 states, State Representative Kraig Powell, a Republican opponent of same-sex marriage, opened a bill file in the Utah legislature to revise marriage statutes. He suggested rewriting the law to refer to same-sex marriages as "pairages" -- an idea that one openly gay Utah lawmaker, State Senator Jim Dabakis, dismissed as so discriminatory that it represented "apartheid marriage."

But Mr. Powell said the legislature might need to change its laws to reflect what he called the innate differences between a straight couple who are both the biological parents of a child and a same-sex couples who are not. And he said that even the heading that groups the state marriage laws -- "Husband and Wife" -- would now need rethinking.

"It's going to start from the very title page," Mr. Powell said. "If anyone thinks that's just a technical process, changing wording here and there, they're mistaken." He added: "The differences between a same-sex relationship and an opposite-sex relationship are large enough that maybe we ought to recognize the difference between them."

Predictably, right-wingers have remained silent on Powell's proposal to literally redefine marriage in the Beehive State.

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