It’s easy for me to laugh at Indiana Pence and the Backlash of Doom when next door here in Kentucky we have Dinosaur Steve Beshear finding a way to make the guy look like a genius.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld in part because it is not discriminatory in that both gay and straight people are barred from marrying people of the same gender.
In an argument labeled absurd by gay marriage advocates, Beshear’s lawyer says in a brief filed last week at the U.S. Supreme Court that “men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex” under Kentucky law, making the law non-discriminatory.
The argument mirrors that offered by the state of Virginia nearly 50 years ago when it defended laws barring interracial marriage there and in 15 other states, including Kentucky, by saying they weren’t discriminatory because whites were barred from marrying blacks just as blacks were barred from marrying whites.
The Supreme Court in 1967 rejected that argument in the historic case of Loving v. Virginia, in which Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, a black woman, were charged with a crime for marrying.
Beshear has done a lot for Kentucky, overseeing Kynect, arguably the most successful state insurance exchange under the ACA, expanding Medicare, and improving education out of the “close in state rankings to Mississippi” range.
But on LGBTQ rights, the guy lives up to his nickname, and I can’t frankly wait for current Attorney General Jack Conway to replace him in elections this November.
Unless, you know, the Republican who wants to kick 400,000 people off Medicare wins.