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  • 6th Circuit Judge Erupts: 'What Is The Point' Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban?

    A 6th Circuit Court of Appeals judge exploded on the lawyer defending Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban yesterday. "What is the point?" of the law she demanded, when heterosexual couples would marry and procreate with or without it.

    On Wednesday, a three-judge panel from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals held a marathon hearing of six same-sex marriage cases from four states. Toward the end of oral arguments in the Tanco v. Haslam hearing, one judge seemed to erupt in frustration.

    LISTEN: Audio Of All Six Marriage Cases In 6th Circuit Court

    As the attorney for the state of Tennessee was rebutting arguments made by the attorney for the three same-sex couples, one of the judges interrupted.

    Tennessee's state attorney told the court that "including opposite-sex couples," in marriage laws, "furthers the state's interest, because it's opposite-sex couples who are having the children, that we're concerned about."

    LOOK: 6th Circuit Judge: 'Sky Hasn't Fallen' In A Decade Of Same-Sex Marriage

    The judge was not going to have it.

    "And they're going to go on having those children, they're going to go on getting married, they're going to go on having children. It's happening in 21 states where same-sex marriages are allowed. I'm sorry, I'm struggling too. I just don't quite get the picture. There's nothing about this that has stopped any heterosexual couple from getting married," the judge stormed, apparently pounding papers on the bench as she spoke. "Discouraged them from getting married. Kept them from procreating -- deliberately or accidentally. What are we dealing with here?"

    "If you didn't have in Tennessee," the judge continued, "a law or a constitutional amendment outlawing, forbidding same-sex marriages, people would still get married, they would still procreate -- deliberately or accidentally. Life would go on just the way it has gone on. What is the point?"

    Listen -- forward to about the 25:30 mark:


    Image and audio via Freedom To Marry

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    • commented 2014-08-08 12:10:24 -0400
      We all know the point, and it’s to bully gay people. Good for her calling them out on the lies.

    • commented 2014-08-08 10:06:59 -0400
      “We were gonna have unprotected sex, but someone on the next block got married, so we watched television instead.”

    • commented 2014-08-08 03:20:44 -0400
      The judge was Daughtry, a Cilnton appointee. She’s clearly on the side of equality. Hooray!

    • commented 2014-08-07 23:53:56 -0400
      I would love to know what the defending attorney’s answer or rebuttal to the judge’s speech was.

    • commented 2014-08-07 14:38:28 -0400
      Let’s hope the U.S. Supreme Court justices hear about this judge’s reasoning and then use the same logic – because this is really about the desire to persecute and hate a minority – not who can or can’t have babies.

    • commented 2014-08-07 14:24:04 -0400
      If procreation is the reason for marriage Why are marriage licences given to couple beyond the age of procreation? A 60 year old woman can not have children but can get married to a man of any age,

    • commented 2014-08-07 11:21:15 -0400
      The argument that marriage is intended by God for couples that can and will procreate is absurd, for then the law should restrict couples from marrying if one or both members are infertile, or are beyond child-bearing age, or if they have refused to contractually agree to procreate.

    • commented 2014-08-07 11:20:52 -0400
      why arent they saying her name?? i wanna start a facebook fan page for her and send her chocolate!!

    • commented 2014-08-07 10:28:58 -0400
      Gezz, a Judge who uses logic to dispel fear and ignorance.

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