Ala. governor calls same-sex marriage a ‘social experiment’ in court brief

Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.)

Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.) AP

Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.)AP

Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — While the legal wrestling continues over gay marriage, lawyers for Gov. Robert Bentley told the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex marriage a social experiment that undermines the rights of children.

The governor filed a friend of the court brief Tuesday ahead of April arguments regarding same-sex marriage.

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Bentley’s lawyers said marriage is a natural reality and that same-sex marriage destroys the “rights of children to be connected to their biological parents.”

Alabama made similar arguments in a Mobile court case that ended with a federal judge declaring the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. The Alabama Supreme Court on March 3 ordered probate judges to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade said the state failed to show how same-sex marriage between consenting adults harmed children.

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