BY STEVE KRASKE, The Kansas City Star
In an excerpt of her talk posted on a People for the American Way website, the freshman Republican begins by asking why government officials should care about the issue.
“Well, think about it,” Hartzler said. “That starts you down the road to opening up licensure to basically meaning that the license would mean nothing.
“If you just cared about somebody, have a committed relationship, why not allow one man and two women or three women to marry?
“There are a lot of people in this country that support polygamy. Why not? They’re committed to each other. Why should you care? Why not allow group marriage? There are people out there who want that.
“Well, is that the best policy? Why not allow an uncle to marry his niece? Why not allow a 50-year-old man to marry a 12-year-old girl if they love each other and they’re committed?
“So pretty soon if you don’t set parameters, you don’t have any parameters at all. The license means nothing, marriage means nothing.
“We’re saying marriage is between a man and a woman….It’s not a right in the Constitution as far as that goes either. It’s not a right of… a 3 year old to be able to drive a car. The government has set some parameters.”
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