CPAC Panelist Claims That No State Has Ever Banned Same-Sex Marriage
Michael Medved, a movie critic who has made a second career for himself as a right-wing bomb thrower, said something rather odd during a panel discussion at CPAC today:
Conservative radio host Michael Medved said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that no state has ever banned gay marriage and any claim to the contrary is “a liberal lie.”
“There has never been a state in this country that has ever banned gay marriage,” Medved said during a panel titled “Can Libertarians and Social Conservatives Ever Get Along?” after another panelist referenced historical discrimination against LGBT couples. “That is a liberal lie.”
Just to respond to Medved’s claim, here’s the language from Virginia’s Marshall-Newman Amendment, which was recently declared unconstitutional:
Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.
And here’s North Carolina’s Amendment 1, the most recently passed initiative on the issue of marriage:
Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.
If those aren’t bans on same-sex marriage, I don’t know what is. It makes me wonder what they’re putting in the water at CPAC