Last week, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) compared marriage equality to polygamy, polyamory, incest, pedophilia, and 3-year-olds driving cars, saying, “Why not allow an uncle to marry his niece? Why not allow a 50-year-old man to marry a 12-year-old girl if they love each other and they’re committed?”
On Monday, Hartzler doubled down on her comments, but told PoliticMo that she meant to say 13-year-olds, not 3-year-olds:
“I was saying that if you change the standard in the country to having marriage be, which is what they want, that just anybody that has a loving and committed relationship, then you set yourself on a slippery slope legally in courts to having other people come forward with similar arguments that would be objectionable to almost everyone,” she said. “So, that’s another reason why it makes sense to just keep the traditional definition of a man and a woman and that it’s my main point there is that it’s wide public policy.
“So, obviously those comments are just being misconstrued by those,” she said.