“Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) married a Bactrian woman – modern day Afghanistan. Alexander may have engaged in homosexual activity, but he married a woman. He directed his officers to stop ‘whoring’ around and find a local woman to marry. WHY? BECAUSE. ‘It is only through blood relations that hatred and war will end.’ In other words, Alexander the Great thought that marriage was about creating and raising the next generation. This is the reason for Marriage.” – New Mexico GOP state Sen. William Sharer, in a long rambling “historical” post on his personal website. Sharer is one of two dozen GOP lawmakers who are filing suit to stop same-sex marriage in New Mexico. (Tipped by JMG reader Elise)
UPDATE: JMG reader Robin points us to a Talking Points Memo post in which Sharer defends his words.
Sharer stressed to TPM on Wednesday that while he opposes defining gay marriage as anything other than between one man and one woman, he does not harbor any animosity toward gay couples and used the Alexander reference to argue his point that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. Marriage, Sharer argues, helps society avoid “violence and poverty.” “If we wanted to purposefully establish a culture of poverty and violence we would work to arrange for most children to be born to single teenage mothers with little or no family support. — Oh wait, that is exactly what we have done,” Sharer writes.