Gov. Bentley brief calls same-sex marriage a ‘social experiment’

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Gov. Robert Bentley (file)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – While the legal wrestling continues over gay marriage, lawyers for Gov. Robert Bentley told the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is a social experiment that undermines the rights of children.

The governor filed a friend of the court brief Tuesday ahead of April arguments on gay marriage. Bentley’s lawyers said marriage is a natural reality and that same-sex marriage destroys the “rights of children to be connected to their biological parents.”

Alabama made similar arguments in a Mobile court case that ended with a federal judge declaring the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. The Alabama Supreme Court on March 3 ordered probate judges to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade said the state failed to show how marriage between consenting adults harmed children.