How Republicans Are Using The Anti-Abortion Playbook To Undermine Same-Sex Marriage

By Dominic Holden

Just one month after the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, Ryan T. Anderson, a researcher at the Heritage Foundation, turned to the anti-abortion playbook.

“Everything the pro-life movement did needs to be done again, now on this new frontier of marriage,” Anderson wrote in Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized abortion, Anderson says, “Courageous pro-lifers put their hand to the plow, and today we reap the fruits … More state laws have been enacted protecting unborn babies in the past decade than the previous 30 years combined.”

Three years later, the strategy is in effect and working. By using the same tactics that eroded access to abortion after Roe v. Wade in 1973, Republicans are stockpiling state laws that make married life for gay couples more difficult and unequal.

Kansas Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a law this month that allows taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to reject applicants, including gay couples and divorcees, based on their religious objections. A week before, Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed a nearly identical law.

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