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South Carolina lawmakers want same-sex marriage defined as "parody marriage"

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Republican lawmakers in South Carolina have proposed a bill that would define same-sex marriages as a “parody marriage.”

This would mean that any marriage not between one man and one woman in that state would be defined as going against human “design” and therefore be a “parody.” The Marriage Restoration Act defined marriage as a “Union between a man and a woman.”

Newsweek reports that the legislation has already been submitted to the House Judiciary Committee in an effort “to provide that ‘parody marriage’ policies are non-secular in nature” and “to prohibit the state from respecting, endorsing or recognizing any ‘parody marriage’ policy or policies that treat sexual orientation as a suspect class.”

The six representatives behind the bill: Josiah Magnuson, Bill Chumley, Steven Long, Mike Burns, John McCravy and Rick Martin are up for re-election in the 2018 general election.

Supporters are taking the approach that the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court positive ruling on marriage equality may not have brought on a deluge of same-sex marriages as they once feared but there has been an increase in the “persecution of non-observers by secular humanists and an effort by secular humanists to infiltrate and indoctrinate minors in public schools into their world view,” which, “is questionably moral, plausible, obscene, and is not secular."

Steven Long (R) says the reason he wrote the bill is because same-sex marriage rights have left its opponents with no legal recourse.

"It's true that people can do whatever they want in their own homes but they can't force that on the state,” Long told WACH, a FOX affiliate.

However, Jeff March of South Carolina Pride says the bill is just another way for conservatives to perpetuate “outright prejudice.”

"The word 'parody' is very comical in its definition," March told WACH. "They want to call our marriage that we fought so hard for... a 'parody marriage.' That insults me on the deepest level."

"It’s written with hate. I can’t imagine there are state officials that put this in writing," March said.