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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has filed an appeal arguing against same-sex marriage.
His case comes in response to a circuit court ruling that same-sex marriage is a protected right in Kentucky under the Equal Protection Clause.
"Procreation is vital to the continuation of the human race and only man-woman couples can naturally procreate" is just one argument on the appeal.
"They'll be laughed out of the courtroom. These arguments have been refuted already," said Chris Hartman, Director of the Fairness Campaign.
Hartman says that argument is upsetting.
"It's a ludicrous argument. It's one that denies logic and sensibility. Everyone knows that marriage isn't just about the economic pursuits of the state for procreation," he told WDRB.
But R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, disagrees with Hartman.
"It's deeply rooted in western law and western civilization and the understandings that are held by the vast majority of the people of the commonwealth of Kentucky that believe marriage is and always has been the union of a man and a woman," said Mohler.
He says the governor's appeal makes sense.
"I'm very glad he's moved forward with this brief and I think it well represents the citizens of Kentucky."
Kentucky's sixth circuit court recently ruled that same-sex marriage is a protected right in Kentucky.
In the appeals document, Beshear argues "there is no constitutional guarantee of a right to same-sex marriage," and "procreation is a legitimate interest of the Commonwealth."
Hartman says he's heard this all before.
"These are decades old. This is last generation's arguments against same gender marriage. The end is near here and the other side is grasping at straws but they're dangerous straws and they're offensive," said Hartman.
Hartman thinks the appeal is a waste of time, while Dr. Mohler says the governor is just doing what his constitutional oath requires him to do.
"The state should have a vested interest in seeing loving homes for the too many children who don't have them in the commonwealth," said Hartman.
"You know this is a very controversial issue and it's one that's been discussed in this community for a very long time but the people of Kentucky spoke very clearly about what the citizens of this state think marriage to be," said Mohler.