October 12, 2014 8:00 pm -

Attorney General Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis’ opponent,  says the same-sex marriage ban in Texas should remain intact because legalizing it would do little or nothing to encourage heterosexual couples to get married and have children.

[su_center_ad]Abbott wrote in a brief filed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday that the state was not obligated to prove why gay marriage might be detrimental to the economic or social well-being of Texans. He stated it was only required to show how ‘opposite-sex’ marriage would be more beneficial for its citizens, the Houston Chronicle reports.

“The State is not required to show that recognizing same-sex marriage will undermine heterosexual marriage,” the brief read. “It is enough if one could rationally speculate that opposite-sex marriages will advance some state interest to a greater extent than same-sex marriages will.”

The new filing largely reiterated the same “responsible procreation” argument Abbott made in July, when the state first appealed a a February district court’s ruling overturning the Texas gay marriage ban. In it, Abbott argued marriage among heterosexual partners is more beneficial to society because it encourages married couples to have children and provides an example for other couples to do the same.

Because heterosexual couples are always discouraged by gay couples who are in love. Suddenly, it’s a sex-free marriage and gays are to blame. Or something.

“Honey, are you up for a little sexy time?”

“No dear, because gay couples are marrying”

Marriage can be an avenue to procreation, but it’s not the sole or principal reason to get married.

Gay couples have children, too. [su_csky_ad]

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D.B. Hirsch
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29 responses to Texas GOP Governor Candidate: Gay Marriage Will Discourage Straight Couples From Having Babies

  1. StoneyCurtisll October 12th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Let me get this straight….
    Attorney General Greg Abbott is arguing that “same sex marriage” is somehow going to prevent male and female marriages from procreating,(having sex)…

    I have to wonder who votes for theses lunatics that occupy elected officials in Texas?

    • tracey marie October 12th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Exactlly, I posted this garbage of his and his strong defense based on stupidity on the other thread.

  2. Kingminnie October 12th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Unfortunately it doesn’t matter how much nonsense comes out of this guy’s mouth. Many, many residents of Tx. were taught, while writhing and speaking in tongues at their evangelical prayer meetings, that gay bad, man and woman good. Plus, Abbott’s got an (R) after his name.

  3. Pat Padrnos October 12th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Hard to know where to start with this. Let me just say he is full of beans. Please – Texas – use your wits – do not elect this person. You deserve so much more than a demented, lying fool.

  4. eddie1247 October 12th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    And it will scare the bejeezus out of storks so they won’t come and drop the babies down the chimneys anymore.

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker October 12th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      You must have read an approved Texas schoolbook about sex education. 😉

      • whatthe46 October 12th, 2014 at 9:02 pm


    • viva_democracy October 13th, 2014 at 3:12 am

      You win the internets today. Best. Comment. Today.

  5. whatthe46 October 12th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    “…Abbott argued marriage among heterosexual partners is more beneficial to society because it encourages married couples to have children and provides an example for other couples to do the same.” this idiot fails to realize that not all heterosexual couples want children. not all heterosexual couples can “procreate” and neither of which has a damn thing to do with same sex couples. one is by choice and the other is biological. he needs a special kind of brownie so he can chill the fk out.

  6. Skipper939 October 12th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    As a Texan born and raised I’d like to apologize for our exports: gun totin’ wackos, capital punishment, and political village idiots. One commenter asked who votes for these lunatics? The answer is really not enough get out to vote against these nuts. It’s not that Texas is so conservative, it gets away with it because everybody else- moderates and independents- generally apathetic and just says a collective WTF. Sure there’s gerrymandering, but the progressive grass roots support doesn’t translate to campaign finance or the ballot box.

    • whatthe46 October 12th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      i know i’m voting.

      • tracey marie October 12th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

        where in Texas do you live?

        • whatthe46 October 12th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

          san antonio

          • tracey marie October 13th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

            Love that place, always fun to visit. Just a short drive away for me.

          • whatthe46 October 13th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

            austin? i’ve been here since ’95 by way of n.o.

          • tracey marie October 13th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

            N.O. another wonderful place to play and visit. Austin, N.O and san antonio…love them all

  7. Shades October 12th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Then why doesn’t Abbott try to outlaw elderly couples from marrying? They can’t procreate,

  8. searambler October 12th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    If it discourages straight REPUBLICAN couples from having kids, I’m all for it!

  9. searambler October 12th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Married couples are not required to procreate. But of course, many do. Intentionally, accidentally, ready or not (financially, emotionally, intellectually), people have kids. Gay couples NEVER have ‘surprise’ kids. Children of gay couples are always wanted, and planned for. Abbot is an idiot. Period.

  10. Obewon October 12th, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    “beliefs of a few judges”-unconstitutional Abbott Vs the Conservative SCOTUS decision that is exactly as San Antonio-based District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled the Texas ban unconstitutional in February, because it violated same-sex couples’ 14th Amendment equal protection rights!

    People-Corporations and mental health organizations have argued against the ban, including 32 companies such as, Google, Starbucks and Target, as well as the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Associations. In September, 16 attorneys general from states with gay marriage already in place filed an amicus brief arguing their own experiences show only positive effects from allowing gays and lesbians marriage equality.

  11. tiredoftea October 12th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    “Marriage can be an avenue to procreation, but it’s not the sole or principal reason to get married.”, that might not always be true if Abbott and his crowd gets their way! The logic (such as it is) of his argument presumes that hetero couples must have children. Otherwise there is no difference, in kind, between hetero and homosexual marriages. So, get ready for mandatory pregnancy checks, ladies. If you thought Gov. VagProbe was gone, sorry, they are only just beginning to have their small government probes all up in there.

  12. Robert Merrill Taylor October 13th, 2014 at 1:18 am

    How does this person with no brain manage to get dressed in the morning?

  13. rg9rts October 13th, 2014 at 2:54 am

    A new form of birth control Texas style….too bad his parents didn’t practice it enough

  14. viva_democracy October 13th, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I live in WA State where we’ve had equal marriage for a few years now & there were quite a few birth announcements in the local paper today. We’re also not post-apocalyptic and no one is demanding marrying their toaster. Just sayin’.

  15. fahvel October 13th, 2014 at 4:27 am

    this is insane. how can a mind, if it’s is a mind, conjure such bullshit?

  16. CharlieMA October 13th, 2014 at 7:00 am

    The Texas electorate must enjoy being laughed at and ridiculed for electing these 1/2 wits in all the time, while millions of people in this country and possibly around the world use them as a punchline.
    Although there is much serious behind all the dismay that they spew, between the Bushwhackers, Perry ‘Dust’, and this guy.. they must make being a stand up comedian’s job that much easier.

  17. Bunya October 13th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    That’s right! Sex among 80-year olds have dropped dramatically since this whole same sex marriage thing came about. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for those of child bearing age. Either way, since gay marriage also leads to beastiality, as Rick “man on dog” Santorum contends, we won’t have to worry about human-only procreation. Just think. In a few years, when people are asked about their nationality, they can say, “I’m half Irish and half Rottweiler”

  18. John from Texas October 14th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Ridiculous argument from Abbott!!

  19. Patricia Garvin Fox October 20th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Anyone notice that the spurious argument made by Abbott could as easily been this in the past? “Texas does not need to show that slavery is detrimental but only that continuing it is more desirable and will encourage others to keep slaves.”

    Not to mention, of course, that any state does not require the intent or even ability to procreate as a qualification for marriage. Or, for that matter, that same sex couples can and do have children if they wish to do so.

    Nowhere has Abbott provided any evidence that heterosexual couples having more children is in fact of any social or economic benefit to the state. The truth is that not pretending some moral outrage over the right of two consenting adults to marry because you don’t approve of their gender would be suicide for a Texas Teapublican.