Two separate states have bills that wish to define same-sex marriage as a “parody of marriage.”
Republican lawmakers in South Carolina unveiled the “Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act,” with Wyoming submitting a nearly identical one. The bills would separate the meaning of heterosexual and same-sex marriages by stating “any form of marriage that does not involve one man and one woman” will be known as a “parody,” according to PinkNews.
“The State of South Carolina shall no longer respect, endorse, or recognize any form of parody marriage policy because parody marriage policies are nonsecular,” the South Carolina bill reads. “The State of South Carolina shall no longer enforce, recognize, or respect any policy that treats sexual orientation as a suspect class because all such statutes lack a secular purpose.”
The law is unlikely to pass because it would violate previous precedents set by prior Supreme Court cases, according to PinkNews.
“The word parody is very comical in its definition. an imitation of the style of a particular writer or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effort,” South Carolina Pride president Jeff March said to WACH. “They want to call our marriage that we fought so hard for, marriage equality, they want to call our marriage now, a ‘parody marriage’ that insults me on the deepest level.”
South Carolina and Wyoming are two of 26 states that are a “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality,” according to the Human Rights Council. Those states have laws that undermine LGBT equality and decrease quality of life.