CREDIT: Karen Mueller for Congress
A Wisconsin Republican congressional hopeful warned Tuesday that a federal court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of marriage between siblings.
Karen Mueller, an Eau Claire attorney whose practice has focused on opposing abortion and defending those “discriminated against and harassed in the workplace, the school, college and/or the public square because of their faith,” is one of three Republican candidates seeking to challenge Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI). At a Republican Party of Monroe County candidate forum, she denounced the ruling and warned that it would create a slippery slope.
According to the Tomah Journal, Mueller said that the ruling might set a precedent that any two people can marry: “We’ve got, for instance, two sisters, and these two sisters want to get married. They love each other. They are committed to each other. They want to spend the rest of their life together.” Lawyers, Mueller explained, would be able to argue “‘We can just do away with that state law the same way we did away with sodomy laws,’” noting that “once you do away with that, you reveal what is really going on here.”
Mueller also suggested that the court’s ruling will be overturned on appeal because the state’s ban is not really discriminatory against gay and lesbian citizens. “They can get married. They just can’t get married to each other,” she argued.
On her campaign Facebook page, Mueller calls for the impeachment of President Obama and warns that “Common Core will ultimately threaten homeschooling” because home-schooled kids won’t learn enough to pass the standardized tests needed to get into college. She also claims that the First Amendment “is under constant assault by those who wish to silence conservative ideas. There is no constitutional right to not be offended! How about some tolerance from the left towards conservative/Christian expression?”
Mueller’s campaign did not immediately respond to a ThinkProgress request for clarification of her views.