Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, who
is challenging Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell for the GOP primary,
has claimed that gay marriage will lead to parent-child weddings.
“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 repercussions and things that come with
this – so a person may want to define themselves as being married
to one of their children so that they could then in fact pass on
certain things to that child financially and otherwise,” Bevin
told Christian conservative Janet Mefferd on Wednesday.
“Where do you draw the line?” he
“And, in fact, a person can
arbitrarily draw it here, why not. Could someone else draw it
arbitrarily somewhere else? There needs to be a rule of law.
Marriage has for millennia been defined as that between a man and a
Bevin asserted that he would be a
strong opponent of marriage equality and criticized McConnell's ties
to the federal judge who recently struck down part of Kentucky's
constitutional amendment which prohibits gay couples from marrying.
“It is no surprise that Judge [John
C.] Heyburn was Mitch McConnell's general counsel and McConnell
recommended him for the federal bench. Kentucky deserves better,”
A spokeswoman for the Bevin campaign
told the AP that the candidate was not connecting marriage equality
with incest but speaking of “hospital visitations and benefits.”