In an extreme formulation of a tired antigay argument, U.S. representative Steve King (pictured) of Iowa said that same-sex marriage is a "purely socialist concept" during an interview with a conservative radio network on Wednesday.
King, a Republican who represents the 5th congressional district, spoke with Greg Corumbus of Radio America for World Net Daily about his concern that congressional Democrats and the Obama administration are "pushing closer and closer" to repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Unsatisfied with comparing the prospect of same-sex marriage to the legalization of incest, as opponents such as former senator Rick Santorum have done, King said he wanted to "take this along the rationale even further."
"If relationships between individuals cannot be prohibited by the state legislature, then there's no ban that can actually be constitutional that would ban group marriage, and it wouldn't have to be for reasons of, let me say, love or lust, it could be reasons of profitability or avoiding taxes or accessing benefits," King said.
"So in the end, this is something that has to come with a, if there's a push for a socialist society, a society where the foundations of individual rights and liberties are undermined and everybody is thrown together living collectively off one pot of resources earned by everyone; this is one of the goals they have to go through is same-sex marriage because it has to plow through marriage in order to get to their goal," he said.
"Not only is it a radical social idea, it is a purely socialist concept in the final analysis," King said.
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