Vicky Hartzler’s Slippery Slope On Marriage: ‘Why Not Allow A 50-Year-Old Man To Marry 12-Year-Old Girl?’

For knowing so little about the reality of LGBT lives, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) sure likes to talk about how to maintain discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. At yesterday’s Eagle Forum Collegians 2011 Summit, she offered the following fallacious argument for why young people should oppose marriage equality, with comparisons to polygamy, polyamory, incest, pedophilia, and 3-year-olds driving (via RightWingWatch):

HARTZLER: For instance, you know, if you just care about somebody and you have a committed relationship, why not allow one man and two women, or three women to marry? There are a lot of people in this country that support polygamy. Why not? If they’re committed to each other, why should you care?

Why not allow group marriage? There are people out there who want that. I think it’s call polyamory, it’s got some big name. But anyway, group marriage, I understand it. Well, is that the best policy?

Why not allow an uncle to marry his niece? Why not allow a 50-year-old man to marry a 12-year-old girl if they love each other and they’re committed?


So, pretty soon, if you don’t set parameters, you don’t have any parameters at all, the license means nothing — the marriage means nothing. It’s their right to marry whoever they want, but we’re saying marriage is between a man and a woman. So, there’s a difference there. But it’s not a right in the Constitution as far as that goes either. It’s not a right of anybody — of a 3-year-old to be able to drive a car. You know, the government has set some parameters that they think is correct.

Here’s a quick answer to all of Hartzler’s “Why not?”s: Because nobody is asking for those things. Oh, and also, minors can’t consent and driving is a privilege, not a right.