Ken Hutcherson, an outspoken opponent
of Governor Chris Gregoire's plan to make Washington the seventh
state to legalize gay marriage, has said that the proposed law will
lead men to marrying a horse.
Testifying Tuesday at a committee
hearing on the bill, Hutcherson, senior pastor at the Antioch Bible
Church, accused lawmakers of second guessing God.
“So you're telling me that you know
better than God,” Hutcherson said. “You're telling me that God
is not right by limiting marriage to just a man and a woman. You're
doing the same thing. You're just saying God is too narrow minded,
but you're just as narrow minded, because you just want to give it to
two men or two women.”
The following day, he called in to
Seattle Channel's City
Inside/Out show, which was hosting a debate on the issue.
“Do they believe that if they change
the definition of marriage being between one man and one woman, what
is going to stop two men one woman, two women one man, one man
against a horse, one man with a boy, one man with anything?”
Josh Friedes of Equal Rights Washington
called Hutcherson's remarks offensive.
“Obviously, it's very offensive when
you hear these type of arguments like you can marry a horse or you
can marry a tree. What marriage is about is two consenting adults
coming together. Obviously, a tree can't consent; a horse can't
consent. But what I think it really speaks to is that some people
don't see gay and lesbian people as fully equal and as fully human.”
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Hutcherson likens DOMA to a cobra that kills.)