Gay marriage issue flares in Kentucky Senate race

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Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate candidate in Kentucky says same-sex marriage could lead to parent-child marriages for tax purposes.

Matt Bevin is challenging five-term Sen. Mitch McConnell in the May 20 Republican primary. Bevin told a radio talk show that marriage should retain its traditional definition as being between a man and a woman.

He says changing that could open the door to arbitrary definitions, such as people claiming to be "married to one of their children" for matters such as inheritance and hospital visits.

Bevin's campaign says he was not linking gay marriage to incest. The campaign says he was speaking of questions such as "hospital visitations and benefits."

McConnell is the Senate minority leader.

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