Gary Glenn Runs for Michigan House

Gary Glenn, the head of the American Family Association of Michigan who ran for the U.S. Senate last year and failed miserably, is now running for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives. And he’s offering up this pretextual position on marriage equality:

Glenn also has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage and said he would support any efforts to restrict legal marriage and any associated government benefits to marriages “between a man and a woman.”

Though the candidate said he has ethical and statistical arguments for his opposition to same-sex marriage, he argued that the economic impact of offering benefits to same-sex couples would aggravate budget woes.

“We’re talking about something that would be a significant burden on taxpayers,” Glenn said.

No it wouldn’t. It’s a tiny blip in a huge budget at most. If he were really concerned about the economic cost of spousal benefits, shouldn’t he be demanding that the government stop paying benefits to the spouses of heterosexual employees? That’s a far, far higher cost to taxpayers. But he doesn’t do that because the cost has absolutely nothing to do with it. He’s against it because he thinks gays are icky and his imaginary friend doesn’t like them.

8 comments on this post.
  1. Brett McCoy:

    He’ll probably try to make pretextual positios illegal, under state sodomy laws.

  2. Raging Bee:

    If he were really concerned about the economic cost of spousal benefits, shouldn’t he be demanding that the government stop paying benefits to the spouses of heterosexual employees?

    I’m betting he and his party have that base covered already — by reducing the number of government employees.

  3. Jordan Genso:

    I’m considering running for State Rep in Michigan, and I wasn’t sure if people would think I’m behind the times if I have marriage equality as an important part of my campaign next year (while there’s been progress at the national level, we still need to undo 2004′s Proposal 2 in Michigan). With people like Gary Glenn running, I guess the Republicans will still be running against marriage equality, so it makes my decision easier.

    The more Republicans that are openly opposed to marriage equality, the more attention we will be able to give the issue, which should hopefully result in progress in Michigan.

  4. slchonda:

    Re Raging Bee @ #2

    Except for police functions.

  5. democommie:

    Well, whaddayaknow; the AFA supplies us with yet another Batshit KKKraz–, er, um, lying fucking piece-of-shit sociopath* who is mouthing nonsense that would be considered, by many, to be in the province of those who play with their own feces.

    * It is not my intention to denigrate those good and hardworking liars, fuckers, pieces-of-shit and sociopaths who do not share Glenn’s obviously illogical fantasies.

  6. exdrone:

    Schools of ethical thinking. Let’s see, there’s utilitarianism, deontology, virtue-based and … what’s the last one? … Oh that’s right, cost-benefit analysis.

  7. hunter:

    “. . . he argued that the economic impact of offering benefits to same-sex couples would aggravate budget woes.”

    And yet every state that has enacted equal marriage has discovered that it has added to the economy, as well as the state’s revenues — license fees, increased tax revenue, etc.

    Oh, wait — that’s in the real world. Sorry.

  8. shockna:

    Schools of ethical thinking. Let’s see, there’s utilitarianism, deontology, virtue-based and … what’s the last one? … Oh that’s right, cost-benefit analysis.

    He’s wrong about that one too. If you want to work out a marriage related method of fixing budget issues, eliminate all marriage benefits, for everyone.

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