Illinois State Rep. Compares Gay Marriage To Polygamy

Talking Points Memo
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April 12, 2013

A Republican state representative in Illinois defended his opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday by comparing same-sex unions to polygamy and statutory rape.

“If one male and one female is discriminatory, then isn’t limitation of marriage to just two people discriminatory, too?” he wrote. “There are men who would like to marry two or more consenting females. Would you define their relationship as marriage, too? Could a man marry a consenting 9-year old girl? Why not? To refuse them would be discrimination. Again, where would you draw the line?”

Comparisons to polygamy and bestiality is a common tactic from many of the anti-gay activists featured in GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project.