A Missouri Republican lawmaker has filed a resolution that declares the marriages of same-sex couples parodies, and any marriage that is not one-man, one-woman marriage “parody marriage.” The term is lifted from anti-gay activist Chris Sevier, who has filed lawsuits around the country demanding he be allowed to marry his laptop, and that being gay is a religion.
“Filed last week, the resolution basically seeks to halt Missouri’s recognition of same-sex marriage. Its reasoning? A brain-bending carnival of logical deductions that Emery apparently copy-pastedfrom similar legislation filed earlier this year in South Carolina and Wyoming,” the River Front Times reports.
The language in Republican State Senator Ed Emery’s resolution is absolutely ludicrous, proving just how little he actually values marriage.
It labels sexual orientation “a self-asserted sex-based identity narrative that is based on a series of naked assertions and unproven faith-based assumptions that are implicitly religious.”
Yes, go back and read that again. Sexual orientation is an “implicitly religious” “faith-based assumption,” Emery says.
He also claims that same-sex marriages are unnatural, writing, “marriage between a man and a woman is natural, neutral and noncontroversial, unlike parody forms of marriage.”
Sen. Emery also claims that same-sex marriages “erode community standards of decency.”
Last week a panel of the Missouri Senate heard Emery’s bill that would declare pornography a public health threat.
According to the group Feeding America, 896,570 people in Missouri, nearly 15%, are considered “food insecure,” meaning they don’t have access to enough food, and may go hungry at any time.
The Missouri Community Action Network notes that 277,687 Missouri children are at 100% or below of the Federal Poverty Level.
Senator Emery’s office confirmed to NCRM via telephone that he has not filed any legislation to address these crises.
Emery was first elected to the state legislature in 2008. Since 2012 no Democrat has run against him.
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President Donald Trump's interactions with Russia are now a topic of the impeachment investigation.
"There was an important development in support for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives today," MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported Tuesday. "Important both in who the new support comes from and what that support is based on."
"Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois is one of the freshmen Democrats who flipped a Republican district last year in winning her election. She brings the total number of House Democrats supporting impeachment now to 126 -- a majority of the Democrats' 235 members of the House," he explained.