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63 GOP lawmakers sign court brief, link same-sex marriage to incest, pedophilia

Will same-sex marriage ever be legal in all 50 states?
Will same-sex marriage ever be legal in all 50 states?Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The issue of same-sex marriage is one that the Republican party must address if they hope to win elections on a national level, and in one state, they don't seem to be making much progress.

In an attempt to continue the state's ban on same-sex marriage, 63 Texas Republican lawmakers signed what's known as an amicus brief and filed it to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. The Lone Star Q, the top LGBT news source in Texas, reports that members of the "Texas Conservative Coalition" argued that the legalization of same-sex marriage could eventually lead to pedophilia, polygamy and even incest. The brief notes that the state should "restrict marriage in Texas to unions between one man and one woman."

According to the brief, the Texas Conservative Coalition is arguing that choosing any partner of your choosing is not a "fundamental right."

“The district court broadened the definition of the ‘existing right to marry’ as one that includes the right of people to ‘select the partners of their choosing’ for marriage, without regard to sex...If the right to select ‘partners of their choosing’ is the criterion used to invoke marriage as a fundamental right, then marriage restrictions on age, polygamy, and consanguinity are also ripe for challenge.”

Other outside groups such as Texas Values, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Texas Eagle Forum have also filed their own briefs in an attempt to prevent same-sex marriage from becoming legal in the state. With the 2016 election just over two years away, Republicans in the state of Texas, as well as around the country, have to take their electability seriously. Texas is a state that is growing in Latino population, a voting block that is solidly behind the Democrats. With same-sex marriage and LGBT equality growing in support around the country, Republicans are playing with fire in the critical state of Texas if they continue to alienate two very important groups heading into a national election.

To a see a list of the 63 lawmakers who signed the brief, click here.