With the push for marriage equality in the nation, there remain several political figures who are standing ready to swing their swords against the tide. Sue Everhart, the Chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party is one of those figures. However, her position is based not on the bible, but on the Adam Sandler movie “I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry” as you can see for yourself in an interview she had with the Marietta Daily Journal:
Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this, but it is not natural for two women or two men to be married. If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.
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. 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.
But if I had a next door neighbor who was in a gay relationship, I could be just as friendly to them as I could be to you and your wife or anybody else. I’m not saying that we ostracize them or anything like that. I’m just saying I’m against marriage because once you get the gay marriage you get everything else.
Unfortunately for Ms. Everhart, her argument is getting her into trouble because it is ludicrous. For instance, homosexuality is natural, and is found in hundreds of animal species. Homosexual humans can and do in fact have sexual relationships. This throws the first part of her argument out the window.
However, the argument about getting married for benefits is a jaw dropper, as people already do just this already. Gay men and women have gotten married to opposite sex partners over the years, such as noted Hollywood actor Rock Hudson. The fact is, such cover marriages have existed since recorded history, and are nothing new. To hold them up as a reason to prohibit marriage equality shows that Ms. Everhart is grasping at straws for a way to legitimize her bigotry.
As for the last part, that is actually the whole point of marriage equality, in order for married couples to get equal access to all of the benefits we, as a society, bestow upon marriage. This is where the root of her hatred of marriage equality is. She does not want homosexuals to be treated as equals. This is pure, and naked bigotry, and she should be ashamed for it.
Ms. Everhart’s position has no place in society, being built upon an ugly base of ideology and hatred. She certainly has no place in politics with that position. That is the argument made against interracial marriage, and even against women’s suffrage. She is spitting out the same recycled arguments which one were held up to her, telling women such as herself that they could never vote, nor should they ever, because, if they had the right to vote, then they’d be able to vote.
As a woman, or a human being with any form of moral backbone, she should be ashamed of herself.
Nathaniel Downes is the son of a former state representative of New Hampshire, now living in Seattle Washington.
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