DOMA Defense Lawyer to Supreme Court: Marriage Between a Man and Woman Because They Can “Produce Unplanned And Unintended Offspring”

by Colonel on January 31, 2013

“When we last heard from Paul Clement, he was very nearly convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to destroy the entirety of the Affordable Care Act. What’s he up to now? Clement has been hired by House Republicans to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

And he’s pursuing a creative approach (via Feministe).

Marriage should be limited to unions of a man and a woman because they alone can “produce unplanned and unintended offspring,” opponents of gay marriage have told the Supreme Court.

By contrast, when same-sex couples decide to have children, “substantial advance planning is required,” said Paul D. Clement, a lawyer for House Republicans.

This unusual defense of traditional marriage was set out last week in a pair of opening legal briefs in the two gay marriage cases to be decided by the Supreme Court this spring.

I admittedly have not yet read Clement’s full brief, so there may be a more compelling aspect to this, but the argument seems to be a fairly desperate attempt to find a legitimate difference between straight couples and gay couples.

” — Steve Benen, Copyright 2013

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