How does Congress end up with so many ignorant jerks with malfunctioning ethics alarms? This is how: states elect legislators like Dennis Guth.
Guth drafted legislation after being upset by the story of one of his constituents whose marriage fell apart because her husband turned out to be gay. Naturally, it’s up to government to solve every problem, so Guth’s brain child, Senate File 2130, requires applicants for a marriage license to specify whether they are bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, questioning, or “unsure.” Those who later engage in conduct contrary to that declaration would be considered by law to be liable for the dissolution of the marriage, and their transgression could result in their losing custody of their children. The Senate bill would make “sexual orientation fraud” a crime on the same level as spousal abuse. If a member of a couple refuses to answer this intrusive question, the couple could not get a license.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that Senator Guth is an anti-gay zealot. Two years ago he promoted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would have given Iowans the right to refuse services to anyone their religion objected to, typically gays. He has been vocal about the health risks of homosexuality. He has tried to find ways to repeal marriage equality in Iowa, vowing in his campaigns to “restore traditional marriage.”
We don’t need to go into the fact that sexual orientations can be fluid, or complex, or confusing, or subject to change…do we? This is none of the government’s, any government’s, business. The proposed bill represents an unconstitutional invasion of a citizen’s privacy and a flagrant intrusion of personal choice, liberty, and speech, which includes the right not to reveal what you don’t want to reveal, with a few judicially carved out exceptions. The government has as much business making a couple promise that they really, really love each other, or that they will always try to be cheery around the house, or fully intend to help with the dishes. If passed into law, Guth’s plot to make sure gays stuck in miserable marriages have no way out would be declared unconstitutional so fast the Supreme Court briefs might burst into flame.
Senator Guth doesn’t know the Bill of Rights from monosodium glutamate. Citizens who vote for fools like him do immeasurable damage to their communities and, when these hopelessly unqualified representatives who are so obtuse and arrogant that they don’t know how dumb they are slip through our porous democratic filters, we end up with…well, you can fill in the blank.