Gay marriage could lead to extinction of human race says Kentucky Governor
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is challenging a federal court decision that Kentucky must recognise out-of-state gay marriages, by arguing that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage is saving the human race from extinction.
Beshear’s lawyers are suggesting Kentucky has an interest in “ensuring humanity's continued existence”.
On February 26, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn handed down his order that Kentucky lift the ban recognising same-sex marriages performed in other states, saying Kentucky had offered no rational basis for treating gay and lesbian couples differently.
Governor Beshear immediately hired private attorney’s to appeal the decision, after the Kentucky Attorney General, Jack Conway, said he would not appeal the decison as he believed the ban was unconstitional.
Beshear’s counsel has now submitted its brief for appeal which has been presented to the court. The brief outlines a case that procreation is vital to the survival of the human race and that there is a direct link between birth rates and the economy:
“It is axiomatic that procreation is vital to continuation of the human race and that only man-woman couples can naturally procreate,” the brief read.
“Encouraging, promoting, and supporting the formation of relationships that have the natural ability to procreate furthers the Commonwealth's fundamental interest in ensuring humanity's continued existence.
“The continued expansion of the population through stable birth rate growth fosters long-term economic stability, unquestionably a valid state interest. One need look no further than economic journals and news sources to see the correlation between a society's birth rates and its long term ability to support a strong economy.”
It’s an argument Beshear has put forward before to back up his rejection of gay marriage.
Laura Landenwich, one of the lawyers for the plaintiff, said Beshear's view "that marriage is designed to perpetuate the species is offensive".
"Most Kentuckians — on both sides of the issue — view marriage as a social partnership, a spiritual bond, a commitment to navigate life together," Landenwich said. "Children are often a part of that shared journey, but the relationship extends beyond that."