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GA GOP Chair: Straights Will Gay-Marry Just For The Benefits

Jim Burroway

April 1st, 2013

Georgia’s state GOP chair Sue Everhart says that once same-sex marriage is legal, straight people will be gay-marrying themselves just to get the benefits:

“Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this, but it is not natural for two women or two men to be married,” Everhart said. “If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

…”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.”

I guess that explains the massive tidal wave of straight people gay marrying in Massachusetts all these years. She’s also against “the gay marriage” kids are so impressionable, ignoring the evidence of gay kids coming out of a complete and total immersion in the straight lifestyle:

“You’re creating with this child that it’s a lifestyle, don’t go out and marry someone else of a different sex because this is natural,” Everhart said. “But if I had a next door neighbor who was in a gay relationship, I could be just as friendly to them as I could be to you and your wife or anybody else. I’m not saying that we ostracize them or anything like that. I’m just saying I’m against marriage because once you get the gay marriage you get everything else.”



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Oh, it’s always ladies with THAT hair.

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Free Ride?

Bulletin to Sue Everhart!!!

“Gays Pay Taxes”

And given the fact that currently only Heterosexuals COLLECT benefits on those taxes, then the only ones who are getting a “Free Ride” are the heteros.

Straights owe Gays a huge debt – and as these benefits have been denied to gays in an Un-Constitutional manner, they need to be paid back, with interest.

THIS should be the next Supreme Court case.

Come on Georgia Voters!? Is this all you have to offer?

Lindoro Almaviva
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OMG! Some once get me my smelling salts! Marriages for concenience! I done think i can taje much of this. A Marriage of concenience? That has never happened in The heterosexual World, right [insert name of past, present and future Trump wives]?

Priya Lynn
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Is it just me or does it sound like she’s grasping at straws out of desperation because she sees the tide turning?

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“But if I had a next door neighbor who was in a gay relationship, I could be just as friendly to them as I could be to you and your wife or anybody else. I’m not saying that we ostracize them or anything like that…”

Not ostracize maybe….but if Edie and Thea were her neighbors she would certainly take the $363,000 without batting an eyelash.

How very neighborly.

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Well, as everyone knows, no straight person would ever try to defraud the government or an insurance company or an employer by PRETENDING to love the person they are marrying.

That’s why the marriage license applications in almost every state may you sign an affadavit, under penalty of perjury, that you really truly love the person you are marrying, really, truly. (That was snark.)

Bose in St. Peter MN
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I wish the case was being made more effectively and often that marriage equality is about the full package of rights and responsibilities. We’re fighting for the privilege of paying more taxes when necessary, for responsible divorce if things don’t work out and for shared financial pain when one spouse is doing OK and the other bottoms out.

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Oh, and, Susan, universal single-payer health insurance would eliminate the problem of straight people gay-marrying for the sake of getting benefits.

There. Now you Republicans have a perfectly good reason to support that kind of health care reform.

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So how is this different from straight people marrying just for the benefits? Or marrying someone from out of the country to bring their entire family over legally? You can’t convince me there’s a difference.

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Marriages of convenience are very traditional and have happened for about over a thousand years.

As if two people would really pretend to be gay instead of finding someone of the opposite sex to game the system.

Dave H
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All of you are making comments based on fact, common sense, and logical reasoning. These things will not reach this woman.

She’s completely untethered. Her thought balloon, full of hot air, is being batted about in the breeze, slowly disappearing into space. All she knows is that the gays are icky, unnatural and sinful. She can’t even figure out how two men or two women could have sex.

“If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

Someone please show this woman a couple videos.

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She’s right about one thing she’s going to get in trouble over this…

Gene in L.A.
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If they think there aren’t already couples who get married just for the benefits, they’re just not thinking straight.

Priya Lynn
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Right Gene. She’s acting like allowing gays to marry will enable fraud that’s never been possible before – she’s really stupid, she’s just throwing out the first fabricated objection she can without having thought it through in the slightest.

Bill T.
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Oh Lawdy! What are they going to do when all them illegals figure this out? There’ll be same-sex marriages for green cards!

Regan DuCasse
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Ding ding ding! Steve!

Timothy Kincaid
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Oddly enough, she has it exactly backwards.

Gay people do – at times – fraudulently marry for benefits or immigration. In fact, there’s an underground industry for just that: gay people marrying someone of the opposite sex so that person can get a green card, etc.

I’ve met gay men who have married a woman who wished to immigrate. They figured that they weren’t going to be able to use their marriage rights, so why not?

Allowing gay people to marry only disencentizes that form of crime. And, indeed, I don’t think I’ve heard of any California gays doing so recently. You don’t want to screw up your chances to ‘domestically partner’ (and some day marry) a person you truly love.

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And now we know why I left Georgia. I couldn’t stand to live in a place where they elect such stupid people.

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Wow, the only time I’ve ever heard anybody say anything like “hey, we should get a civil union just for the benefits, it’s not like there’s ever gonna be any requirement of monogamy” It was directed at me by my best friend and I knew it was a joke, specifically intended to piss off the homophobic idiot on our shift at work…who had apparently said something like what she said while I was in the bathroom.

Scarily enough this lady doesn’t seem to be joking.

As my late friend used to say,I wish I could see things from their perspective, but I can’t get my head that far up my own ass.

Geesh! …and people voted for this lady? *Really?*

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I figured it out!

In 2006 there was a horrid movie, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” featuring Adam Sandler (who else) that involved two macho, straight firefighters who pretended to be gay for insurance purposes.

I’d bet big bucks that Ms. Everhart saw it, or at least heard about it, and drew far-reaching conclusions. Another case of the movies being mistaken for real life!

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I think she’s got a serious deficit of “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”. One of the most important aspects of knowing someone who’s gay is getting something of a reality-check. Her imagination is meandering off without any anchor point because, once the rules she was raised to understand were core are no longer in place, well, why wouldn’t virtually anything be possible? She doesn’t seem to being bitchy here. She just truly seems lost in the weeds.

What this lady needs is a good haircut and a gay night out with some actual gay people. In my house that would basically entail getting my hair cut by a straight woman and then sitting at home with my hubby watching Netflix. I’m guessing she’d find a lot of anchorpoints there that she can relate to…

Michael C
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bless her heart

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Sure honey, you are opposed to same sex marriage because of possible scamming and not because you are a big old bigot.

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@ Michael C – bless her sweet little heart!

Priya Lynn
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Plaintom wins the thread.

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Test. I tried to post earlier and the internets ate my post.

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Wow, the more they talk the more its clear that Dan Savage was absolutely right when he said that the last remaining argument against marriage equality is that “straights suck” and are so despicable that THEY need marriage to limit their damage.

This idiot woman’s statement fits PERFECTLY into that argument.

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This is even worst than the statement “I am not a homophobic, I have had gay people in my home!”

They do not see a true bigot even when it looks back at them in a mirror!

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I would really like to meet this woman. I would like to hear her confirm that the first thing she does every day is to take a stupid pill.

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“If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

Oh, what a sweet lady. She imagines that we don’t have sexual relationships.

Oh, hang on. I wonder what she imagines in lieu of that. I suspect it might be truly bizarre. If only she wrote slash fiction.

April 2nd, 2013 | LINK

Expected pernicious vitriol from Frank Turek and some misguided individuals. Heck, even David Blankenhorn admitted when he was in error.

April 2nd, 2013 | LINK


I was actually thinking of the end of “Boston Legal” myself. But given how liberal that show was, I rather imagine it *was* “INPYC&L.”

Richard Rush
April 2nd, 2013 | LINK

Sue Everhart is feeling very glum
‘cause she knows full equality will come.
She exclaimed, “Oh My Gawd!
If gays marry, there’ll be fraud!”
And thus proved to the world she is dumb.

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