Last weekend, Louie Gohmert, the Stupidest Man in Congress™, suggested an experiment to test whether gay people can have a “preferred marriage” that involved an island, a few gay and straight couples, and a profound ignorance about biology.
Well, Representative Steve King (R-IA) isn’t going to take being upstaged sitting down. He’s bringing his own brand of stupid this week, adding some interesting rhetoric to his proposed resolution that would have Congress reject the Obergefell case, and his logic ends with people marrying lawnmowers.
Steve “Lawnmower Man” King
King has been a vociferous opponent of marriage equality, and he’s only become more noisy, not less, in the wake of the Obergefell ruling. He proposed a resolution that would have Congress reject the ruling and assert the rights of states and businesses to discriminate, and earlier this week, punctuated his point while introducing Mike Huckabee at a campaign even on Thursday by claiming Obergefell allows people to “marry my lawnmower.”
King has a history of outrageous remarks about GLBT people. He once claimed that people would pretend to be gay so they could file discrimination lawsuits, said that if gays don’t want to be discriminated against in the workplace, then they shouldn’t admit to being gay, and said that people involved in a same-sex marriage are just friends.
This isn’t the first time King has contemplated marriage with his lawnmower, however. He’s been clinging to the belief since the ruling came down in June, when he was quoted saying:
Their ruling really says anybody can marry anybody — and eventually it will be in any combination. I had a strong, Christian lawyer tell me yesterday that, under this decision that he has read, what it brings about is: It only requires one human being in this relationship — that you could marry your lawnmower with this decision. I think he’s right.
That he’s not isn’t relevant to King. King understands the law, he just doesn’t care. He’s pandering, and it gets him votes. That’s all he cares about.
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