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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Republican Party’s outreach initiative continued to crash and burn over the weekend, as Georgia GOP chairwoman Sue Everhart offered up one of the silliest possible arguments against marriage equality.

The Marietta Daily Journal reported Saturday that Everhart opposes equal rights for gay couples due to the potential for fraud.

“You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow,” Everhart told the Journal. “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,” she continued. “There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride.”

Everhart’s theory is, of course, completely ridiculous. As The Huffington Post points out, there has been no evidence of widespread fraud in the states that have already legalized same-sex marriage — and there’s no reason to believe that gays and lesbians would be more likely to defraud the government than heterosexuals.

Even by the incredibly low standards set by marriage-equality opponents, justifying your opposition to equal rights with the plot of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is startlingly stupid.

Still, Everhart’s misguided quote points to a larger problem within the Republican Party. Although many elements within the GOP — including Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus — have called for the party to moderate its extreme tone when discussing social issues, state-level leaders such as Everhart and Michigan’s Dave Agema are doing nothing of the sort. If the split becomes contentious, it could become a big problem for the party as it tries to mobilize its base in advance of the 2014 elections.

Photo: Fulton County Republican Party via Flickr.com

  • howdidisraelget200nukes

    Speaking of free rides, I would like to see this dumb ass’s resume.

    Like most republiCONs, I will bet she has never had a real job in her useless, big mouthed life.

    Sort of like that punk ryan.

    By the way, dollars to donuts, this hag hasnt been laid in decades so what does that make her?

    • neeceoooo

      Funny

    • english_teacher

      I agree that this woman doesn’t know what she’s talking about and that her critical thinking skills need to be developed. But, please tell me why it is that whenever a woman of any political persuasion is criticized, someone always has to comment on her looks and whether she has been laid or not. Tell me how that is relevant. The closest it comes for male politicians, particularly those critical of gays, is speculation that he’s in the closet.

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        Haha, sorry to say, most of these severe anti-gay guys an gals ARE probably in the closets. It’s a pretty common problem with these people.

        Not to mention of course, lots of these people who get nailed by the law are messing with the boys behind the Alter, or at Boy Scout Camps, or religious-orientated youth groups. Do as I say, not as I do!

        Funny too, they’re mostly Christian and Republicans.

        • english_teacher

          I do not agree with the woman. If you don’t agree with her because she’s an idiot, then criticize her based on the merits of her brain power, or lack thereof. Her looks and how attractive she is or isn’t have nothing to do with it.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            I couldn’t resist it.

            Which ever way your funny bones strikes you, it’s just too funny or sick to imagine:)

        • lana ward

          You are a pitiful racist, sexist slob!!!!

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            You’ve been flagged!

          • lana ward

            You’ve been flagged!

        • lana ward

          You’re pitiful. Crybaby!!!

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            I won’t tolerate your BS anymore. No one else should either.

          • lana ward

            But I have to tolerate your BS? I don’t think so!!

  • Sand_Cat

    Would that all enemies of freedom and equality were this stupid.

    • They are.

      Unfortunately, some are charismatic and can say what people want to hear without tripping themselves up.

    • tobyspeeks

      They are! Their hate speech and off-the-rocker conspiracy theories is how they appeal to the undereducated and uneducated folks.

      • Rayg813

        It takes one to know one. Another cadidate for the REPUGNANT-CAN Autopsy Report on the D O A List. Get ready for the morgue REPUGNANT-CANS, you’re on your way.Just A Thought!!!

  • Lynda Groom

    That simple soul has some serious issues.

  • The most embarrassing part is that this person, who is still at an early stage of human evolution, is the chairwomen of the GOP in Georgia. Hopefully, she will elaborate a bit more and tell the rest of us how giving equal rights to ALL Americans may lead to fraud by those who already enjoy those rights.

    • charleo1

      An accurate statement on the lack of evolution. Some of these people
      have not evolved one tic, since man crawled out of the primordial soup,
      and became bipedal. It does however explain their refusal to believe in

      evolution. And, must be the same reason they can’t see their way to
      approve of equal Rights for Gays, until it involves their own child. Or,
      support sensible gun control, unless it’s their President that gets shot.

      • Allan Richardson

        Not even then. This crowd would not have voted for the Brady Bill, which was a response to the shooting of President Reagan and his staffer James Brady.

        • charleo1

          That’s right. This crowd would have not elected Reagan
          in the first place.

  • Lovefacts

    Embrassing yet reassuring that the Republicans haven’t lost their willingness to publically display their stupidity. Where did their William F Buckleys and Rockfellers and Scoop Jacksons go?

    • Rayg813

      They are in the REPUGNANT-CAN $$$10 Million Autopsy Report in the chapter on

      D O A .The Repugnant-can’s $$$10 Million Autopsy Report was in the development stages during the Bush the Buffoon administration, and now the REPUGS decided it was time to get it out in the open after losing 5 out of 6 National Elections, in order to keep their dwindling DUMBED DOWN voter base informed as to why the REPUGNANT-CAN Party is so INCOMPETENT and hopefully all their STUFFY OLD WHITE GUYS With Red Ties will continue to donate to their LOSERS…..Just A Thought!!!

  • Sue Everhart is typical of many in the GOP of today. That is the scary part.

  • gahoof

    Has anyone considered the more likely scenario of a heterosexual couple doing the same thing? Not to be too obvious.

  • tobyspeeks

    She’s committing fraud every day. She’s reaping a pay check and most likely good benefits yet she’s not doing a damn thing!

  • SaneJane

    Why limit her idiotic scenario to two straight people pretending to be gay. This could apply to all sorts of combinations. Her real preference is for all gays to pretend to be straight

  • Allan Richardson

    A more likely source of fraud would be: a gay male couple and a gay female couple pretend to be straight, each guy “marries” one of the women, and they move in next door to each other so that all four can “visit” their true loves. Guess what? The law already incentivizes such a double fraud! So, legalize gay marriage and cut the fraud rate in half! Or maybe zero, since the two guys and the two gals could be in real (as in honestly romantic) marriages, not sham ones.

    As for the straight guys pretending to be gay, if they were really straight they would want to date women, and eventually one or both would want to marry a woman, but they would have to get a divorce to do it … and the insurance companies would be curious why two straight guys got into a gay marriage to start with.

    When this lady opens her mouth, Honey Boo Boo is ashamed to be from Georgia!

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Are you aware that fraud happens all the time to senior citizens?

      Many senior citizens are having to rely on divorce. yet live together as a way of collecting their individual social security Checks. You get more if you are single than married.

      This sometimes also spares the other party from massive medical bills once they start to accumulate.

      Also, a lot of couples get married to a foreign mate just to bring that party into the country as being married, meaning being automatic citizens.

      The Mormon Church practices this also, Multiple wives living as one family, but not legally married. IF they could, they would though.

      Lots of people get married, and not only for the expressed purpose of marriage.

  • old_blu

    Yeah because there would be no fraud if it is a husband and wife. Really? *rolls eyes*

  • MY PERSONNEL FEELINGS REGARDING SAME SEX MARAGE IS NOT WHAT BUILD THIS WORLD TOO WHAT IT IS TODAY,HOW EVER WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO A FREE RIDE,TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR GOVERNMENT AND THERE RETIREMENT PACKAGE LOOKS LIKE.HOW WOULD YOU LIKE AS AN AVERAGE VOTER,LIKE TOO DESTITUTE YOUR OWN DESTINATION LIKE THEY DO AT THE TAX PAYERS EXPENSE.BE THAT WASHINGTON OR YOUR LOCAL TOWN SHIPS,THEY WILL TELL YOU HOW AND WHEN THEY ARE GOING TOO SPEND YOUR TAX DOLLAR.DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE THIS COMING ELECTION FOR THE BUDGET,THAT BY THE WAY LIKE IT OR NOT,YOU CAN’T DO A DANM THING ABOUT.