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Alabama Judge Roy Moore thinks bisexual and trans people want to marry two people

I bet you thought Rep. Vito Barbieri would get the Quote of the Day for his musings about whether women can swallow a camera to have a gynecological exam. But remarkably, old Vito’s ignorance has been upstaged by that of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

The anti-gay marriage crusader told the Associated Press this weekend that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality, he’s worried “bisexuals” and “transgendered” will marry two people.

“You’re taking any definition of a family away. When two bisexuals or two transgendered marry, how large is that family? Can they marry two persons, one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex? Then, you’ve got a family of four or how many?”

This actually helps me understand the opposition to gay marriage a whole lot better. All this time we’ve been incredulously wondering why conservatives could possibly believe that allowing LGTBQ folks to marry would affect straight people’s marriages in any way. Turns out, they’re just worried that they’ll be spouse-hoarders, leaving fewer potential partners for the rest of us.

Header image credit: Julie Bennett/AL.com

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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