Tuesday, April 2, 2013

She’s On To You

I saved this for today because if I had posted it yesterday, you would have thought it was my April Fool’s joke.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your delectation and delight, I give you Sue Everhart, the chair of Georgia’s state GOP.  Ms. Everhart told the Marietta Daily Journal that if gays are allowed to get married, straight people will take advantage of it.

“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 wonder if I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry was on Spike this weekend.  Because nothing inspires social upheaval like an Adam Sandler movie about two straight guys pretending to be gay and getting married to get healthcare benefits.

The stupid not only burns, it flames.

One bark on “She’s On To You

  1. What fascinates me is the increasingly broad range of hetero relationships the Reichwing is willing to throw under the bus in order to keep the full whinge going on SSM. The current list (thank you Sue Everhart) now includes infertile couples, couples who marry for economic advantages, couples who marry for citizenship advantages, and couples seeking to improve their healthcare. That wipes out over half the hetero marriages I know. If SSM were such an evil, then preventing it wouldn’t trample so many marriages the Reichwing would otherwise consider “good.”

    The flipside to that, of course, is all the insistence from the anti-SSM volk that LGBT people are, too, able to marry: they can choose a cisgendered spouse just like their hetero neighbors. Everhart’s whinging about SSM being about benefits runs contrary to that line, since an LGBT cisgendered marriage would explicitly be for economic, tax and insurance benefits – which is somehow bad when two guys tie the knot but good when some golddigger snares a wealthy old coot.

    And Chuck and Larry probably does hit a nerve. But why stop there? How about Green Card (Depardieu was amazing in that)? Victor/Victoria? Charley’s Aunt? Loves Labours Lost? Maybe Oedipus Rex or Lysistrata? As long as matrimony and relationships have been the subject of performance art, the Reichwing has whinged about what the piece of work has to say about how that depiction will be [mis]interpreted by the oi polloi.

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