While a lot of people in the Republican Party have done a 180 on marriage equality, there is still a huge problem within the party. Take the comments this weekend of the chair of Georgia’s Republican Party.
On Saturday the Marietta Daily Journal published a story, where chairwoman Sue Everhart warns that straight people would enter bogus marriages for “the benefits”
Everhart said while she respects all people, if same sex marriage is legalized across the country, there will be fraud.
“You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow,” Everhart said. “Say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan. I mean, what would prohibit you from saying that you’re gay, and y’all get married and still live as separate, but you get all the benefits? I just see so much abuse in this it’s unreal. I believe a husband and a wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and a woman. There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride.”
All those gays and lesbians out there, fighting to enjoy the same rights as a straight couple are just interested in freeloading? I’m sorry, but this is total bullshit. I happen to know plenty of men and women, who are no longer in love and even see other people, yet they stay married just for the benefits. There is all kinds of proof of fraud from straight marriages like this, but none on same-sex marriage.
It’s another strawman that the GOP is using to continue their platform of hate and fear. They also know this, which is why the Georgia GOP is refusing to talk about the comments.
The GOP keeps talking about changing and accepting that times are different than what they believe, but the leaders within the party sure don’t show any signs of change. And when they continue to lose elections, the GOP will continue to blame the media and “freeloaders”, while not looking at their own platform of hatred as their biggest problem. This is what being closed minded causes.