Kobach doesn't want gay marriage or Sharia law either
The Kansas City Star
Harassment of undocumented immigrants wasn’t the only stamp that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach pressed into the Republican Party’s platform last week.
Kobach was in Tampa, using his lawyerly persuasions to convince the GOP’s platform committee to include a ban on U.S. courts considering foreign law traditions as part of its wish list. This, of course, is aimed at Islamic, or Sharia, law, and is aimed at whipping up fears about Muslims.
“We actually put a provision affecting Kansas statute this year,” he said, according to this account by TPM, “and I think it’s important for us to say foreign sources of law should not be used as part of common law decisions or statutory interpretations by judges in the lower state courts as well.”
Kansas should be so proud. Its Legislature banned Sharia law before most of the nation. Not that anyone was asking Kansas judges to employ Islamic law. But you never know.
Kobach also made news by objecting to a suggestion that the Republican Party drop its support for the Defense of Marriage Act, which outlaws same-sex marriage.
According to Think Progress, Kobach argued that “our government routinely judges situations where you might regard people completely affecting themselves, like, for example, the use of controlled substances, like polygamy that is voluntarily entered in to. We condemn those activities even though they are not hurting other people at least directly.”
So Kobach is equating same-sex relationships with drug abuse and polygamy, meaning he sees all three of those activities as problems to be “condemned.” What an insult to same-sex couples. So much for that big tent the Republican Party likes to talk about.