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Monday, April 01, 2013

Georgia Republican demonstrates typical GOP reasoning skills

Talking Points Memo:

A top Republican in Georgia has sounded an ominous warning that legalization of same-sex marriage may also lead to fraud.  

Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party, told the Marietta Daily Journal in a story published Saturday that once gay nuptials are legally permitted, there will be nothing to stop a straight person from exploiting the system in order to claim marital benefits.

“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.”

You noticed the problem here right away, didn’t you? Yeah, there’s nothing keeping straight people from entering into mixed-gender marriages to commit fraud, either. Therefore — if we follow Everheart’s “reasoning” here — neither same-sex nor mixed-gender marriages should be allowed.

From now on, it would be a great idea for Republicans not to take their policy cues from awful Adam Sandler/Kevin James movies. They don’t make any more sense in a newspaper interview than they do in movie theaters.

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