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Sorry, Virginia!

Not because I forgot about you guys when I was doing the news update this week. I’m apologizing because you had to listen to the dumbest argument against same-sex marriage anyone has offered up to date.

Meet David Oakley. He’s the lawyer representing the county clerk who refused to issue a marriage license to the plaintiffs in the Bostic v. Schaefer case which is currently before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Last time Virginia tried to keep two consenting adults from marrying each other in the case of Loving v. Virginia, miscegenation laws ended up getting struck down for everybody. Surely he has a good reason for why those miscegenation laws were unconstitutional, but laws prohibiting same-sex marriage aren’t, yes?

Not really.

“Before Virginia passed those affirmative anti-miscegenation laws, it might not have been the social norm, but people certainly could have married, and indeed did marry, across racial lines. Pocahontas married John Rolfe in the early 1600s and their marriage wasn’t declared unconstitutional.”

Whoever payed remote attention during U.S. history class and can tell me what’s wrong with that argument first wins a kiss or something.

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