GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart of Georgia says same-sex marriage will encourage fraudulent unions in the latest attack by the Republican party on marriage equality.
“You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow, say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan,” said Everhart, in comments published by The Marietta Daily Journal on Saturday.
“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,” she continued.
Marriage equality supporters are criticizing the comments, pointing out that such fraud can be, and has been, committed within the framework of heterosexual marriages.
MSNBC blogger Steve Benen was among those to point out that Everhart’s ideas are based on a 2007 Adam Sandler and Kevin James film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, where two heterosexual firefighters fake a same-sex civil union to gain benefits for James’ character and his kids.
“This may be tough for Everhart to fully appreciate, but here’s the follow-up question: if this is an argument against same-sex marriage, isn’t it also an argument against opposite-sex marriage?” Benen wrote.
“After all, what’s to stop a man and a woman who are friends from pulling the same scam? Or, I don’t know, perhaps using marriage to help a friend with his or her immigration status?”
Everhart also said she believes that same-sex relationships are unnatural.
“¨“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 has been the Chairman of the GOP for Georgia since 2007. She is the first female Chairman for Georgia and is currently serving in her third term.