September 19, 2013

Michigan is among the states facing a legal challenge to its ban on marriage equality, and the state attorney general has decided to pull out all the most offensive arguments possible in defending the law. In a brief filed in U.S. District Court, Attorney General Bill Schuette (no points for guessing he’s a Republican) insists that the state has the right to  “regulate sexual relations between man and woman so that the unique procreative capacity of such relationships benefits rather than harms society.” In other words, it’s all about the baby-making, and anything else is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

The case that elicited this half-baked and long-discredited argument from Schuette involves April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who say that the state’s ban on same-sex adoption and on marriage equality violates their rights.