Judge Robert C. Jones, a federal judge in Nevada, has ruled to uphold the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying LGBT people should not expect to face any discrimination and therefore do not deserve an overturning of the law.
Apparently part of the judge’s decision came from the logic that if same-sex marriage were legalized, too many straight people would stop getting married because they wouldn’t want to be associated with the “redefined” institution.
“Jones ruled that prior Supreme Court precedent — a 1972 case,Baker v. Nelson,that denied a same-sex couple’s marriage claim as lacking any ‘substantial federal question’ — controlled his decision,” according to BuzzFeed. “Even if not, he ruled that the ‘exclusion of same-sex couples from the institution of civil marriage’ was constitutional ‘[b]ecause the maintenance of the traditional institution of civil marriage as between one man and one woman is a legitimate state interest.’”
In contrast to the Windsor decision in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Jones said that laws classifying people based on sexual orientation, such as Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban, should not be viewed with additional scrutiny. He pointed to evidence including recent ballot wins on marriage to reason that gay and lesbian individuals do not meet the criteria of experiencing a history of discrimination and lack of political power.
People disgust me. This hardly counts as logic — more like thinly veiled bigotry.