Ky. Family Judge: 'Same-Sex Marriage Is an Oxymoron,' Like 'Jumbo Shrimp'

By Michael W. Chapman | September 22, 2016 | 12:56pm EDT

Judge Tim Philpot.  (AP) 

Kentucky Family Court Judge Tim Philpot, who has ruled in favor of many homosexual adoption cases, said that gay couples are "in a sterile relationship" and that same-sex marriage is "an oxymoron," like "jumbo shrimp." 

"Those words don't make sense to me," said the judge. "The words 'same-sex marriage' don't make sense to me."

Judge Philpot, who is a family court judge in Fayette County, Ky., made his remarks at a Christian educational gathering sponsored on Sept. 8 sponsored by the Francis Asbury Society, as first reported in the Courier-Journal. 

Following a video-presentation by Christian leader Dr. Dennis F. Kinlaw, the founder of the Francis Asbury Society, Judge Philpot said, “But I’ve been thinking about this same-sex thing for 20-some years. I was in the Kentucky Senate for awhile and I used to give some speeches on the subject. I’ve been in a meeting with people in the room and I was the only so-called straight person."

"It’s an interesting journey that there’s been over the last 25 to 30 years," said the judge. "The first thing that’s happened to me, though, is a personal transformation – is that anybody who describes themselves as gay or lesbian, I have discovered inside of me a phenomenal love for them that I didn’t have back in the old days."

"It’s just there," he said. "I can’t help it. I didn’t ask for this. It’s just there. I think it’s because I’ve had so much contact with them. Half the adoptions I do are for gay people."

"And they’re not bad people," said the judge. "They’re just – as Dr. Kinlaw said -- they’re in a sterile relationship but they often want children. So, for those of you who are straight, they’re just saying, 'if you don’t want these kids, we’ll take them.' And the judge says, 'okay.'"

"But same-sex marriage to me is an oxymoron," said Judge Philpot.  "The definition of marriage is not something the Supreme Court is in charge of, not really. Same- sex, marriage, if you understood what Dr. Kinlaw was saying, the union is in the difference. So having a sameness in marriage is really very illogical."

"It’s an oxymoron, like ‘jumbo shrimp,'" said the judge.  "Kind of like the dog show I was watching a few years ago where the announcer said that was a ‘magnificent chihuahua.’  I went, ‘I don’t think so.’"

"Those words don’t make sense to me," said the judge. "The words ‘same sex marriage’ don’t make sense to me."

Philpot joined the Fayette County Family Court in January 2004. He was re-elected to the 8-year-term position in 2014. 



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