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Huckabee: NJ Couple Wants Lesbianism Redefined as 'Medical Disorder'

Huckabee: NJ Couple Wants Lesbianism Redefined as 'Medical Disorder'

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By    |   Thursday, 11 August 2016 01:07 PM

Mike Huckabee has come out swinging against two female same-sex couples he says appear to want lesbianism redefined as a "medical disorder."

In a Facebook post titled, "The Wonderful World of Modern Lawsuits," the former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential candidate, writes:

"This would supposedly strike a blow for gay rights by making the state change the legal definition of infertility, which is currently described as an inability to conceive after at least two years' of unprotected sex with a male partner, depending on the woman's age.

"But critics protest that the inability to conceive a baby when you refuse to have sex with a man is not 'infertility.' It's just nature. I wonder if it's occurred to them that, just to get money out of the insurance companies, they are, in effect, trying to have lesbianism legally redefined as a medical disorder?"

The case revolves around two pairs of lesbian couples who are suing New Jersey in a bid to get insurance coverage for their artificial insemination operations, The New York Times reports.

Erin and Marianne Krupa and Sarah Mills and her partner Gloria Torres, say in court papers their suit "is about family and the right of all New Jersey women who dream of becoming mothers to access the reproductive healthcare they need to realize that dream on an equal basis, regardless of their sexual orientation.

"Although New Jersey mandates that insurance plans operating in the state cover medically necessary expenses incurred in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, this mandate, in relevant part, defines infertility as an inability to conceive despite engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse with a male partner for either one or two years, depending on a woman's age."

In an interview with The Christian Post, the couples' lawyer Grace Cathryn Cretcher said there was "little to no question" about the unconstitutionality of the mandate.

The couple takes issue with the state's definition of "infertility" as occurring when a woman under age 35 cannot conceive after two years of unprotected sexual intercourse, according to the Post.

Huckabee calls the argument "ageist garbage" in his Facebook missive.

"What if an 80-year-old woman wants to have a baby? Shouldn't insurers be forced to pay for a surrogate mother for her? I'd better stop before I give them any more ideas," Huckabee writes.

Huckabee, who is rumored to be mulling a run for governor of Florida, has been outspoken in his opposition to same-sex marriage and notably stood by Kentucky clerk Kim Davis as she refused to issue licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Last year, he called the Supreme Court ruling to make gay marriage legal in all 50 states "unconstitutional."

"The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature's God on marriage than it can the law of gravity," Huckabee said.

"Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court.

"If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment."

The lesbian couples' lawsuit was filed Aug. 1 in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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