A Republican politician who is mounting an effort to stop New Mexico from issuing marriage licenses said that gays should be more like none other than Alexander the Great.

Making the argument that marriage has been between a man and a woman even before the rise of the Judeo-Christian tradition, New Mexico Sen. Bill Sharer explained:

“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 wrote in a blog post last week. “He directed his officers to stop ‘whoring’ around and find a local woman to marry.”

The problem is, Sharer is omitting part of history. Alexander has a lifelong male lover, with his friend, commander, and bodyguard Hephastion until Hephastion's death. The Macedonian conqueror was also a pederast, the Raw Story points out.

Sharer also cited the philosopher Aristotle, who is also said to have had sexual relationships with other men.

“Sex between a man and a woman produces babies – society needs babies – babies need both moms and dads,” he wrote. Sergio N. Candido