Republicans love their slippery slope arguments, and New Hampshire Representative Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson) is no exception. In responding to an email from Representative Jan Schmidt (D-Nashua) about gun regulation laws, Ulery sent two links showing how the legalization of same-sex marriage was leading to pushes in other states to legalize “multiple partner” marriages and “animal interactions”. That is, bestiality.
Now, bestiality is illegal in New Hampshire, but that’s besides the point. The point that Ulery was trying to make is that “a small infringement” like same-sex marriage will “always, Always, ALWAYS lead to a greater infringement.”
Ulery goes on to say “And when we were discussing same-sex marriage people said talking about multiple partners, animal interactions made those who define marriage as a relationship between man and woman as silly and foolish. Today, however, in several states multiple partners and even bestiality have been proposed or floated as extensions.”
The guy who looks silly and foolish is the one who managed to miss the notices that the Daily Currant is a satirical news site akin to The Onion and that the article on Smash Mouth Politics specifically stated that the article was “a parody of what I [the author] believe will be happening in a few years.”
Representative Tim Smith (D-Manchester) replied back saying “Wow, where to start here.” He went on to explain that the sites were satirical in nature and that “So … yes … talking about multiple partners and bestiality does indeed make folks look foolish.”
Perhaps Ulery’s best explanation would be that ‘We in the GOP do not have a sense of humor that we are aware of.’