Sue Everhart says fraudulent gay marriages to obtain benefits

Sue Everhart as reported to the Marietta Daily Journal Saturday

Straight people enter fraudulent gay marriages to obtain benefits

Another Republican Reaches Far for a Spin on Gay Marriage

“Straight people might enter into fraudulent gay marriages to obtain benefits”, so says Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart as reported to the Marietta Daily Journal Saturday.

She seems to base her theories on the 2007 movie, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”.  She says that she sees rampant abuse by straight men and women who want to sidestep immigration laws or receive benefits from their employers.  She said that same-sex marriage is not about equality, but about people looking for a “free ride”.

She spouts the continuous right wing claim that a marriage can only exist between a man and a woman.  She fails to point out that a “traditional” marriage could produce similar fraud.

Statistics show that fraud involving marriage, or by gay couples who have adopted children is very minimal.

Everhart also said she could not understand how two gay people could ever have sex. “If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship,” she told the Journal.

Every time I’ve heard a Republican voice an absolutely ridiculous opinion on an issue about which they have no knowledge, no facts, I hope it’s the last one.  Then I hear an even more ridiculous statement by another such as Ms. Everhart.

How do these people get elected?  I can answer my own question with one name, Sharron Angle.

Ms. Angle was running for Harry Reid’s Senate seat in 2010 in Nevada.  The TEA Party candidate won the Republican Party’s primary against Danny Tarkanian and Sue Lowden.  Immediately Democrats began to attack her as a “loopy, fringe figure”, as “more of a caricature than a candidate”.

In Northern Nevada, Harry Reid was less than popular, and he may have experienced his last election victory.  But voters like myself, were determined to defeat Angle.  When questioned by the Las Vegas Sun about her platform and its policies, aides rushed her away, she didn’t know she had one.

Angle said the campaign “is about taking back America.”

“We are going to dump Harry Reid,” she told cheering supporters.

Angle wanted to phase out Social Security for younger workers, eliminate the Education Department and once suggested that alcohol should be illegal. While in the Legislature, Angle wanted inmates to enter a drug rehabilitation program devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, an idea she still defends.

After she lost to Reid, polls showed that both Lowden and Tarkanian would have won the election, had they been the Republican candidate, Lowden by a wide margin.

So we must ultimately blame ourselves for electing unqualified legislators.  The billions of dollars spent on television ads are the primary way candidates influence voters.  As misleading and fallacious as they might be, people believe what they want to believe.

I contend that if voters don’t take the time to research the candidate’s views and opinions on every issue, they shouldn’t vote at all.  A vote made in ignorance produces bad government.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express