A New Mexico state lawmaker has come under fire from LGBT advocates for a recent blog post in which he compared gays as “whores” and suggested they should find local women to marry.
State Sen. William Sharer (R-Farmington, N.M.), a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage equality, claimed there is “overwhelming evidence that the unit of ‘mom, dad and children’ has been encouraged from the earliest pre-written record.”
Sharer made the remarks in a blog post last week after two New Mexico county clerks began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In the post, Sharer wrote that marriage is “the oldest concept in human history,” in which he explained Alexander the Great’s “view of marriage”:
Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) married a Bactrian woman – modern day Afghanistan. Alexander may have engaged in homosexual activity, but he married a woman.
He directed his officers to stop “whoring” around and find a local woman to marry.
“It is only through blood relations that hatred and war will end”. In other words, Alexander the Great thought that marriage was about creating and raising the next generation.
This is the reason for Marriage.
Sharer is part of a group of Republican legislators threatening to file a lawsuit to stop clerks from issuing licenses to same-sex couples.
Paul Becht, the Albuquerque lawyer for the GOP legislators, said it’s uncertain when and where their lawsuit will be filed. With more counties starting to issue licenses, Becht said, he’s trying to determine where best to file a lawsuit “so we’re not getting scattered results all over the place.”
The advocacy group ProgressNow New Mexico is calling for an apology from Sharer.
Article continues below“The threat to Senator Sharer and the Republican Party in New Mexico doesn’t come from loving couples entering into committed relationships, it comes from their own failure to recognize the progress our country is making towards realizing the dream of freedom and equality for all,” said Patrick Davis, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico.
“That’s not the gay agenda or the Hispanic agenda, it’s the American dream. They are no longer on the wrong side of history, they are on the wrong side of now,” said Davis.
Questions over the legality of same-sex marriage in New Mexico have been simmering for years because state law doesn’t explicitly authorize or prohibit it.