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Some Upstate lawmakers want to call non-heterosexual marriages 'parody marriages' in new bill

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Upstate lawmakers are working to pass a new bill that will probably get people talking.

According to the SC Statehouse website, the bill, entitled the "Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act," was introduced in the House, read for the first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary on February 15, 2018.

The bill was also summarized on the website:

A bill to amend the code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding section 20-1-110 so as to enact the "Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act"; to define certain terms, including "parody marriage" and "marriage"; to provide that parody marriage policies are nonsecular in nature; to prohibit the state from respecting, endorsing, or recognizing any parody marriage policy or policies that treat sexual orientation as a suspect class; and for other purposes.

It's being sponsored by 6 state representatives, all from the Upstate:

"'Parody marriage' means any form of marriage that does not involve one man and one woman," read the bill. "'Marriage' means a union of one man and one woman."

The bill went on to say:

 In view of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of South Carolina, 1895:

(a)    the State of South Carolina shall no longer respect, endorse, or recognize any form of parody marriage policy because parody marriage policies are nonsecular.

(b)    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.

(C)    The State of South Carolina will continue to enforce, endorse, and recognize marriages between a man and a woman because such marriage policies are secular, accomplishing nonreligious objectives.

Read the bill in its entirety, HERE.

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