In a very embarrassing discussion, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham tries to understand how same-sex marriage could be legal but not polygamy.
Newly re-elected U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham introduced an embarrassing examination into the Senate confirmation hearing of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General this afternoon. The senior Republican senator from South Carolina asked Lynch, who will replace Eric Holder if confirmed, to explain why same-sex marriage could be legal but not polygamy.
Sen. Graham's questioning revealed extreme ignorance about a wide variety of issues, including his claim that the U.S. Supreme Court may soon take up same-sex marriage, as the Court has already scheduled four cases to be heard in April.
Graham also wrongly claimed that marriage between one man and one woman is "clearly the law of the land," which it is not. At least three dozen states have extended marriage to same-sex couples (37 if and when Alabama's stay is removed or expires), and the U.S. government recognizes sam-sex marriages in states where it is legal or where a federal judge has struck down a ban.
"What legal rationale would be in play that would prohibit polygamy?," Graham asked, should the Supreme Court rule same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. "Could you try to articulate how one could be banned under the Constitution and the other not?," he added.
Senator Graham is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution.
Lynch, currently the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, found an elegant but firm way to not answer the questions.
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