Court Rules Gay Marriage Won’t Lead To ‘Sex, Drugs, And Rock-And-Roll’

(Lia Koltyrina /
October 7, 2014 5:26 p.m.

A federal appeals court declared on Tuesday that legal same-sex marriage is highly unlikely to drive heterosexual couples to a lifestyle of “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.”

A trio of Democratic-appointed judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, and tried to rebut an argument by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) that gay marriage makes the institution less “child-centric.”

That passage in Judge Stephen Reinhardt’s ruling includes this footnote: “He also states, in conclusory fashion, that allowing same-sex marriage will lead opposite-sex couples to abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in extramarital affairs, take on demanding work schedules, and participate in time-consuming hobbies. We seriously doubt that allowing committed same-sex couples to settle down in legally recognized marriages will drive opposite-sex couples to sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.”

Photo credit: Lia Koltyrina /

[h/t Kat Howard]

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