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Group with ties to white supremacists files brief supporting gay marriage ban

Monday, March 31, 2014
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LANSING, Mich. — A group with reported ties to white supremacists, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Traditionalist Youth Network co-founder Matthew Heimbach

Traditionalist Youth Network co-founder Matthew Heimbach

The Traditionalist Youth Network filed the brief in support of the state’s effort to undo a federal judge’s ruling that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution, reported MLive.com.

“The totality of the history of the Western and American traditions demonstrates quite clearly that same-sex conduct can be penalized,” wrote attorney Kyle Bristow, suggesting that legalized gay marriage would a “mockery” of historical customs and cultures.

“If a state cannot be permitted to define marriage as simply as constituting one man and one woman, then our culture will be taken down a very slippery slope that will see pedophiles, polygamists, zoophiles, those in incestuous relationships, and every other sexual deviant with proclivities now known or to be invented to challenge laws that, likewise, prevent them from marrying whom—what—they wish.”

Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is leading the state’s appeal, on Friday implied that the brief would not be helpful to the state’s case, and said it would be best used to “line a birdcage.”

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan’s gay marriage ban on March 21 in a case brought by Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, who live with three adopted children. The couple was seeking to jointly adopt each other’s children, but are prohibited under Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

The ruling has been stayed pending the appeal.

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