Oh boy, we have a new argument against same-sex marriage. It was invented by Sue Everhart, the chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party, and it goes something like this: “ZOMG! If we allow gay people to get married, people will pretend to be gay and get married so they can 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.”
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.”
Um. Yeah. If a straight person wanted to do that, why wouldn’t they just do it with someone of the opposite sex? That same type of “fraud” is just as likely in straight marriages, isn’t it? But she wouldn’t use that as a reason not to allow straight people to get married.
Meet the new argument — just as stupid and irrational as the old arguments.