Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin said on Wednesday that if same sex marriages were legal, marriages between parents and children could be next. Bevin made the comments following his attack on Mitch McConnell for recommending a judge who ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Bevin said on the Janet Mefferd Show:
“If it’s all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage — because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there’s other repressions and things that come with it — so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise. Where do you draw the line?”
When blowback followed from Bevin’s remarks, his spokeswoman Rachel Semmel answered, “This is a gross misrepresentation of what Matt said. He sees no comparison between gay marriage and incest. He was discussing the implications of the legal rights related to this issue such as hospital visitations and benefits. To imply otherwise is ridiculous.”
Last April, Oscar-winning actor Jeremy irons made a similar assertion to Bevin’s, commenting on same-sex marriage:
It’s a very interesting one, that, and I don’t really have a strong feeling, but what I see … what we had in England, which was not marriage, but it was a union you could make if you were gay and you wanted to make a civil partnership … same rights but not the name … it seems to me that now they’re fighting for the name, and I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that. I mean tax-wise it’s an interesting one, because you see, could a father not marry his son?