Sue Everhart: marriage equality would bring a ‘free ride’

Apparently marriage equality will create another set of 21st century style welfare queens who will find new ways to leech off the government and your tax dollars.

That’s according to Sue Everhart. Everhart, the chair of the Georgia Republican Party, is fretting over what marriage equality would bring people to do.

Here’s what she told an Atlanta-area daily newspaper regarding her stance:

“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.”

She also said she would be hesitant to let gay parents near her own young child because they could influence the child’s sexual orientation:

“You’re creating with this child that it’s a lifestyle, don’t go out and marry someone else of a different sex because this is natural,” she said. “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.”

So, according to Everhart, marriage equality is not about obtaining the same basic rights that straight couples don’t even think twice about. It’s not about the basic desire to have you and your partner formally recognized as valid citizens in a country that gets off on how much we stand for liberty and equality. It’s all about finding ways to take what you can from the government and giving nothing in return.

In other words, Everhart believes this talk about marriage equality is code speak for the GLBTQ community to rally and overthrow the current societal structure in an effort to tip the balance into a marginalized groups’ behavior. Classic reasoning and logic from a person belonging to and buying into the ideals of the oppressor…

Basically, Everhart repeats the mantra about the purpose of sex as being all about procreation–not about bonding with one’s partner, etc. Last time I checked, both men and women have the equipment to have a sexual relationship. Said equipment is not absent in the lives of those who are in same-gender partnerships.

It’s so cute how these conservatives also fall back onto their consternation about how they are just watching out for the kids. Because we all know the GLBTQ community has these telepathic abilities to implant gay or lesbian genes into the bodies of children, thus recruiting the next generation of GLBTQ folks.

And, of course, Everhart surprises us all when she exclaims how frightened she is about the potential for straight people to abuse marriage equality. Since the government is apparently working overtime to give GLBTQ people superior rights and benefits that we straight folks can only dream of, we will not only revolt in opposition, but we will come up with our own scheme to enter into gay marriages and beat the system.

In other words, straight people will use the same covert tactics the right has conjured up about welfare queens in order to abuse the system for our own gain. I mean, it’s not like we straighties aren’t doing that now, as some of us are known to marry folks who can get us into exclusive clubs, sign us onto plush benefits, help those we are fond of to stay in this country and to also make sure our financial futures are set in stone. Yes, marriage equality will open the flood gates for straight people to take advantage of the rights and liberties being extended to a marginalized group in society.

I really wish the right would come up with more clever arguments against marriage equality. All these sound bytes about how same-gender partnerships and marriages are unnatural, how it will lead to bestiality and pedophilia, how it goes against some mythical being’s will, how it flies in the face of the Bible, how it will bring down the purity and sanctity of marriage, how it will lead to complete moral and ethical collapse  and how it will inevitably case straight people to abuse the system is getting old and stale.

These arguments are so easy to counteract with sound, reasonable logic that I sometimes wonder if it’s even worth giving these fools the space on my blog to address their bigotry.

But, I often do take my time to take down the flawed and bigoted arguments they make against marriage equality because the bigotry and excuses have to end somewhere. It’s reckless to let the likes of Sue Everhart say detrimental, hateful and spiteful remarks about marriage equality without having to pay the price for standing by hate. So, it’s also the responsibility of those committed to social justice activism to call into question the privilege, bigotry and offensive comments or actions people do on a daily basis.

The likes of Sue Everhart and many of those who support the people like her are not interested in seeing the barriers being taken down for another marginalized group of people in the good ol’ U.S. of A. People like the Sue Everharts have a vested interest to see the hierarchy of oppression remain in place as it reaffirms their bigoted beliefs about marginalized bodies–that they are inferior and unworthy of formal recognition and acceptance.

People like Sue Everhart like to hide behind their religion and their protected free speech to spew their homophobic hate to the masses and expect no consequences for their hate speech. They like to preach their hate to the most conservative of their base while clamoring for the support of marginalized bodies when it comes down to the ballot box. And the GOP wonders why it can’t make headway into the hearts and minds of marginalized groups…

Say what you want about moderate and liberal politicians and activists who are now jumping on the marriage equality bandwagon, but the likes of Sue Everhart lack the political and social courage to go against what the overwhelming majority of their supporters, grassroots base, friends and family members stand for. It’s much too easy to remain in lockstep with what the majority of one’s peers believe than to take a gamble and stand up against oppression.