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WATCH: The Weirdest Antigay Marriage Arguments Before the Supreme Court

WATCH: The Weirdest Antigay Marriage Arguments Before the Supreme Court


The Supreme Court will have to slog through contradictory arguments, errors, and irrelevant digressions before it hears oral argument in the marriage cases April 28.

If the justices of the Supreme Court happen to flip through some of the antigay amicus briefs submitted over the past few weeks in the pending marriage cases, they're likely to encounter a few head-scratching claims.

Among those amici is a brief claiming that LGBT people shouldn't be allowed to marry because they're too politically powerful and popular -- but then there's another brief that argues the exact opposite. One brief claims that marriage equality harms children, citing a study that doesn't actually address that issue at all.

Possibly the strangest claims come from a brief filed by "same-sex-attracted men and their wives." That brief suggests that the Supreme Court might impose a "mandate requiring same-sex marriage." It goes on to claim that gays and lesbians shouldn't be allowed to marry the people they love, because that would imply that there's something wrong with opposite-sex marriage, or, more specifically, with self-proclaimed gay people marrying someone of the opposite sex.

A group of Republican Party leaders, including one member of Congress, offered a similarly convoluted and contrived argument: Marriage equality would prevent straight couples from "fixing" each other. And straight people obviously need to be "fixed," claims the brief, because men are too promiscuous and women are too emotional.

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee joined with former Republican National Committee Vice-Chairman James Bopp Jr. and chair of the RNC's Committee on Resolution, Carolyn McLarty in filing the brief that claims that those destructive impulses can only be tempered through opposite-sex marriage. Notably, the brief never explains how marriage equality would negate those supposed "benefits" for heterosexuals.

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