During a week where New Mexico's three largest counties decided to issue same-sex marriage licenses, one GOP official drew upon the Hellenistic era to craft his argument.
New Mexico state Sen. Bill Sharer (R-Farmington) has been a leading voice against giving the go-ahead for gay couples to marry. In a blog post published on his website last week, Sharer outlined some reasons showing "overwhelming evidence that the unit of 'mom, dad and children' has been encouraged from the earliest pre-written record."
Near the top of his list was how Alexander the Great handled homosexuality. Via Sharer's website:
Alexander the Great’s - View of Marriage
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 directed his officers to stop “whoring” around and find a local woman to marry.
“It is only through blood relations that hatred and war will end”. In other words, Alexander the Great thought that marriage was about creating and raising the next generation.
This is the reason for Marriage –
According to a Tuesday Associated Press report, Sharer is leading a Republican effort to file a lawsuit against the issuance of gay marriage licenses in New Mexico. He argued that the State Legislature and governor are responsible for that decision, not county clerks or district judges.
"It is inexplicable how a district court just today discovered a new definition of marriage in our laws, when our marriage law has not been changed in over a century," Sharer said.
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal noted that New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is against gay marriage but believes the issue should be decided by voters in a statewide referendum. New Mexico is the only state without a law explicitly allowing or banning gay marriage.