April 9th, 2009

Gay incest, legal in Iowa?

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Written by: Constitution Daily

marriageAccording to Iowa Code, Chapter 595.19, marriage in Iowa is not allowed between the following, “a man and his father’s sister, mother’s sister, daughter, sister, son’s daughter, daughter’s daughter, brother’s daughter, or sister’s daughter” along with “a woman and her father’s brother, mother’s brother, son, brother, son’s son, daughter’s son, brother’s son, or sister’s son.

Did you notice anything left out? According to current Iowa law, coupled with the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision, marriage between the same sexes in any degree of consanguinity will now be legal. In other words, according to Iowa law, it is now legal for a son to marry his father but not his mother.

I’m no lawyer or expert on Iowa law, so there may be another provision in the Iowa Code relating to incestuous relationships but the point is still significant. Since the gay marriage debate began, gay marriage advocates can’t answer this simple question, Who should be restricted from state sanctioned marriage?

When asked this question, they almost certainly will answer with their canned response of, “oh, here we go again, down the slippery slope argument…” But they still can’t answer the question. Who is the state to tell a mother she can’t marry her daughter? Who is the state to tell a bisexual man he can’t marry two people? Is it not their civil right? Is it not love and romance that brought them together? What does it hurt you or me if they marry?

The Supreme Court did not answer this question either. And we all know why…because if you are against marriage for incest or polygamy, you have no standing for gay marriage. Neither gay marriage advocates nor the courts can answer that question with the same gay marriage logic, or they lose all legal standing on the issue.

But that isn’t the point is it? This isn’t about a civil right. This is about a gay marriage movement propelled by emotional arguments made by a few to strip the moral fabric away from the many.

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