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  • Tea Party Lawmaker Files 454 Page Bill Redefining Marriage To Ban Gay Couples From 'Matrimony'

    Anti-Gay Kentucky Republican Should Do His Job and Protect Kentucky's Children From Homelessness, Poverty, and Food Insecurity

    Kentucky State Rep. Joseph Fischer of Campbell County has filed a 454-page bill that effectively bans same-sex couples from entering the state of "matrimony." HB 572, the "Matrimonial Freedom Act," would still allow same-sex couples to legally marry, but would create an entirely new legal concept, "matrimony." Fischer's bill says matrimony "refers only to the civil status, condition, or relation of one male human being ('husband') and one female human being ('wife') united in law for life, for the discharge to each other and the community of the duties legally incumbent upon those whose association is founded on the distinction of sex."

    In other words, legal, civil marriage, that bans same-sex couples.

    Zack Ford at ThinkProgress first reported on Fischer's bill, and notes its "epic" length is due to Fischer literally rewriting all Kentucky "statutes that define the basic parameters of marriage," noting that "duplicate language is added defining 'matrimony' by the exact same parameters."

    Ford adds that "anywhere that the law outlines a privilege, benefit, or responsibility previously made available to marriage, the word 'marriage' is replaced by the word 'matrimony.'"

    If you're wondering how it is that a state lawmaker has the time and resources to devote to such an incredibly obviously unconstitutional pet project, and if those resources might be better devoted to real, actual issues, so were we.

    It turns out, the Commonwealth of Kentucky the "highest rate of student homelessness in the nation." More than 30,000 children don't have a home, according to an August, 2015 report in the Kentucky Herald-Leader

    In Campbell County, which Rep. Fischer has represented since 1998, the Herald Leader's map shows 446 homeless children.


    Poverty, of course, is one of many causes of child homelessness.

    "Kentucky ranks 4th highest in the nation for poverty," Feeding America reports. It also reports that "Kentucky ranks 28th in child food insecurity with a rate of 22.4%." Food insecurity is not having enough food, enough nutritious food, and not having reliable access to food – in other words, not knowing where your next meal may be coming from.

    In Rep. Fischer's district, Campbell County, Feeding America reports there are an estimated 3850 children who suffer from food insecurity.

    In 2014, the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy reported Kentucky ranks 43rd in the nation of adults who are at or below basic literacy levels, including "more than 374,000 adults age 18-64 without a high school credential," and "54 percent of the state’s adults have either just basic or below basic literacy levels."

    Surely Rep. Fischer's time could be better spent?


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    • commented 2016-03-02 23:03:52 -0500
      Maybe someone might read this to the under educated out loud then explain to them what a waste of time and money this guy is while he ignore their poverty. Until then, they don’t care or are to stupid. The GOP loves this state. They want the entire country like it. What is a shame is the people choose to be uneducated. There are schools and the Internet so those who want an education can get one. Sadly, there are peoplewho ddon’t want their kids smarter than them and/or don’t care. There are many secluded areas where working is more important or getting to school is difficult. Getting teachers to travel to these areas Is difficult.

    • commented 2016-03-02 22:32:35 -0500
      I think this clown should be working on the “united for life” part as there are far more straight divorces than there are same sex marriages.

    • commented 2016-03-02 21:24:56 -0500
      ALEC is probably using the esteemed Representative as a sock puppet.

    • commented 2016-03-02 20:20:57 -0500
      Imagine if this guy put all this time and effort into helping the homeless or starving children or a cure for cancer.

    • commented 2016-03-02 19:02:27 -0500
      This is absolutely ridiculous. Matrimony is a sacrament of marriage that is officiated by a cleric, while marriage is usually reserved for those of us who don’t have a god in our marriages, or ceremony. At least that’s what I was taught. So why is he wasting time writing out a 454 page revision of all the marriage laws? Of course, he wants marriage to be one man and one woman. Well guess what tea bagger, marriage equality is the law of the land, and no piss ant, such as yourself, can change that. Sounds like he should be voted out of office, however, I highly doubt that a place as poor and uneducated as Kentucky, that they would vote him out, because they don’t know what he’s doing. Most uneducated people don’t bother to keep up with current events as they either don’t care, or to dumb to know the difference between a progressive and regressive.

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