Looking Out: Same-sex couples are like 12-year-olds, Pa. says

Newark mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker's "so what if I am gay?" response to rumors about his sexuality has sparked some controversy in New Jersey.

Apparently, gay couples trying to tie the knot in Pennsylvania are just like 12-year-olds.

Montgomery County in suburban Philadelphia has been providing same-sex marriage licenses since late July in defiance of a state law defining marriage as a union between man and woman. Pennsylvania attorneys filed a lawsuit to stop the county a week later, and recently, 32 married couples petitioned to intervene claiming the suit against the county could also invalidate their marriages.


In response, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the state's legal team filed a brief saying that the couples' marriages have no "actual value or legitimacy" and used this example as proof:

"Had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old . . . is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his 'license'?"


Pennsylvania wants to make the legal argument that these couples can't claim a lawsuit would infringe on their marriages, when those marriages aren't legal under state law. But to imply that two adults of the same-sex desiring to be married are being as childish as two prepubescent tweens who fell in love in algebra class? That's polemical nonsense.

Language matters, and surely Pennsylvania's cadre of legal minds could have used less demeaning phrases and comparisons to make their point. As the Keystone State becomes a battleground for same-sex marriage, this is far from encouraging.

Plus, some wide-eyed 12-year-olds probably aren't thrilled about the comparison either.

In post-adolescent news:

Anything I missed? What LGBT-related news have you been talking about this week?