GA Republican Concerned About Sham Gay Marriages

The chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party, Sue Everhart, is concerned. Very concerned. She’s concerned that if same-sex marriage is legalized, straight people might pretend to be gay and enter into sham marriages to get insurance benefits for a friend.

One woman who has not “gone red” is Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart of east Cobb, although she’s aware of the movement.

“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.”

Psss. Sue…I’ve got a bit of news for you. You might want to sit down for this. This can already happen with straight marriages. Do you think that’s a good argument against allowing people to get married? No? Then you now know how idiotic your argument is. I’m glad we had this talk. Go and be stupid no more.

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  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    Because, of course that would never, ever happen among straight people.

  • smrnda

    Maybe this person should realize that if we all had decent health care, then people wouldn’t be tempted to enter into a sham marriage for the health benefits. Might make for better marriages, too, since the issue would be compatibility rather than needing insurance.

    And yeah, straight people do this all the time. And on top of that, how is it abuse? If you add a spouse to your plan, you pay their premiums; there is no law requiring married couples to actually be romantically in love and to actually have sex.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Dear Sue:

    I can understand your concern. After all, when the nig–, um, the er, uh African-Americans (some of whom were REALLY African-Americans, got the right to be human and then later the right to vote and to ride in the same part of the bus, etc,, discrimination and bigotry towards them evaporated like an early morning mist in a Long Hot Summer’s August dawn. Yas’m!

  • John Pieret

    Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this

    Well, you have to give her credit for knowing that no one who is not at least as stupid as she is going to think what she is saying is remotely correct.

  • raven

    straight people might pretend to be gay and enter into sham marriages to get insurance benefits for a friend.

    As EB already pointed out, how does this differ from straight people pretending to be straight and entering into sham marriages to get insurance benefits for a friend?

    In point of fact, heterosexuals do this sometimes. It’s not insurance benefits, that I know of.

    There is a minor industry in sham marriages for immigration purposes. People will marry a foreigner for money and then go their own ways. This is common enough that immigration checks on these marriages after a few years to make sure this didn’t happen.

    I once saw someone who was doing this get caught by the feds.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    ” there is no law requiring married couples to actually be romantically in love and to actually have sex.”

    Doesn’t Suzy AntiQ’s Wholly Babble pretty much not give a fuck if there is any love as long as the hymen is intact on the wedding night and the requisite quantity of bling, camels, goats or whatever have changed hands?

  • pinkey

    “If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

    Funny, I’ve never heard anyone claim that gay people were unable to have sex. Personally, I think marriage is only natural when both parties are equally skilled in the game of chess.

  • dugglebogey

    Holy fucking stupid batman!

  • steve84

    Former chairwoman according to Wikipedia

    But the poor thing apparently never had someone go down on her or finger her

  • felicis

    “If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

    Damnit Pinkey! I almost got in before you…

  • scienceavenger

    But, but, but, gays are more likely to lie in this situation than strai…, er, normal people, because their whole life is a lie, so they are extra good at it, which is why we need to keep them in the closet.

  • raven

    Fraud interview for marriage based green card – Immihelp

    www .immihelp. com › Greencard › Family Based‎

    If the officer suspects that your marriage is fraudulent, you will be meeting the fraud unit. An officer will interview you and your spouse separately and intensively.

    Welcome to Immigration Fraud Victims *1

    www. immigrationfraudvictims. com/‎

    Are you a victim of Immigration Marriage Fraud?, Have you been falsely accused of domestic violence by your foreign spouse?, Did your immigrant spouse …

    Watch out for those heterosexuals!!!

    I just did a Google search on immigration fraud marriages. It’s a lot more common than I thought.

    It’s not just people getting paid for sham marriages either. Sometimes a foreigner will marry a US citizen, get permanent residency, and then wander off taking whatever they can carry with them.

  • Synfandel

    “If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

    The equipment is readily available in adult shops and through online vendors.

  • doublereed

    Has this Georgian Republican never been to Atlanta?

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Psss. Sue…I’ve got a bit of news for you. You might want to sit down for this. This can already happen with straight marriages.

    You’re quite wrong, Ed. Straight people would never profane the bonds of holy matrimony by doing that. Bigamists? Serial monogamists? Outright frauds? Probably closeted homos who hate God and God’s marriage.

    /sarcasm

  • cswella

    “If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

    Does she think the state should check every straight to-be-married couple to make sure they can have a sexual relationship and do so?

  • cjcolucci

    She must have seen the last few episodes of Boston Legal.

  • M can help you with that.

    “If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

    One word:

    Prostate.

  • Chiroptera

    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?

    And what would be the problem with this anyway?

    The only problem I see is the one where such a thing could conceivably be necessary ’cause in the USA you don’t automatically have access to good quality health care.

    Oh, and what about the problem when gay people would enter into different-sex marriages…to get benefits or to hide being gay or whatever?

  • zmidponk

    If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.

    Well, even without the usage of some man-made equipment, there’s mutual masturbation, anal sex, frottage, oral sex, tribbing, handjobs, footjobs and fingering, just off the top of my head, that I would certainly consider two people ‘having a sexual relationship’, but, according to Sue Everhart, I would be wrong to think that.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … to have a sexual relationship.

    Some may find this hard to believe, but a number of gay persons have been kind enough to film and videotape examples of their sexual relationships. A subset of such documentaries is available online – I won’t provide links to avoid spam filters, but Everhart should hire a data research professional* to help her locate an example or two.

    *My per diem rates for Georgia travel are negotiable.

  • tbell

    Back when same sex marriage was being debated in Canada, my father (who was actually fairly open-minded about LGBT issues) brought up this very argument, and by response was pretty much exactly the same as Ed’s plus I pointed out the fact that there is still a degree of social stigma associated with being gay (whether we like it or not) that would discourage all but the most determined fraudsters from entering into a sham marriage just for the government benefits.

    To my dad’s credit, he actually accepted this.

  • jasmyn

    I hope she proposes to make military marriages illegal. We know many marriages in the military are shams. Of course, those marriages are illegal if discovered, but we need to really cover our bases. Let’s just outlaw them entirely because pro-family… or something.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    I suppose she’s perfectly happy with Rush Limbaugh’s and Newt Gingrh’s sham heterosexual marriages.

    Also, there was a documentary made about the phenomenon she’s talking about: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi262668569/

  • caseloweraz

    Sue Everhart: Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this,…

    Is she taking her lord’s name in vain there?

  • cptdoom

    You might want to sit down for this. This can already happen with straight marriages.

    In fact, sometimes they might get married to someone they don’t love for something more than just health benefits. See Smith, Anna Nicole or whatever piece of arm candy is managing not to puke while being with Donald Trump right now.

  • Nentuaby

    It actually makes a sad kind of sense to me that this would seem to her like a new and unique danger. It’s the homosociality if heteronormative society. “Friends” are by nature members of one’s own sex; members of the other sex are potential partners, from whom one may rightly be isolated if one is not eligible at the time to select a partner. Think of the trope of the jealous spouse who becomes suspicious of infidelity just because their partner had a close different-sex friendship.

  • coffeehound

    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?

    So Sue, I take it that means you’ll be supporting the ACA right? to make all those God awful gay marriages unnecessary? Sue? …….Helloooooo?

  • sinned34

    So… does this mean conservatives can blame gay marriage on insurance companies?

  • matty1

    there is no law requiring married couples to actually be romantically in love and to actually have sex.

    *This*

    Not because I am against romance or sex but because it is none of the government or insurers business why people get married so long as they give free and informed consent. All they need to know if “I wish this person to have the legal benefits of marriage in relation to me, we both know what we’re doing and agree to it”. That’s it, any enquiring into their motivations is going beyond things a third party has any legitimate interest in and is frankly a bit creepy.

  • Loqi

    What, exactly, makes a marriage a sham marriage? The fact that they don’t live together? What about a soldier on deployment? He/she doesn’t really live there. Is that a sham? Perhaps it’s the fact that they don’t love each other. But how does one measure whether or not someone loves another? Is some official going to come to my house and hook up a love-o-meter to my penis to try to discern whether I love my partner? Besides that, how do they define “love?” Despite being hetero, I’d absolutely say I love my male friends based on my preferred definition. Would it be a sham if I married one of them? They’d probably say so, since I’m straight. So is that it? Is not wanting to have sex the determining factor? What about asexuals? Surely nobody is going to try arguing that all asexual marriages are shams, right?

    What’s the problem with “sham” marriages anyhow? More uninsured people get insurance. In what way is that a bad thing? What is wrong with two people entering into an arrangement to pool some or all of their resources?

    How about this solution instead: the government just stops giving a fuck about who people marry. How’s that for smaller government, Sue?

    Lastly, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If your political positions are taken from the plots of Adam Sandler movies, you deserve to be laughed at. If we don’t ban hockey players from playing golf, what’s going to stop Adam Sandler from punching Bob Barker in the face? Amirite?

  • Chiroptera

    Don’t conservatives think it’s a good idea that teen age mothers go into a sham marriage in order to have someone help support their children? What’s the difference?

  • marcus

    Hey, this is already settled law. Denny Crane and Allen Shore fought for the right of hetros to get gay-married for benefits in the last season of Boston Legal. Where have you people been?

  • thomwatson

    If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.

    And fencing isn’t really a sport, since they’re both using swords.

  • dingojack

    Which player’s scrotum do Gridiron players use as a ball, Sue?

    Dingo

    ——–

    Are you sure it’s not ‘The charwoman of the Georgia Republican Party, Sue Everhart’?

  • gog

    There was already an Adam Sandler/Kevin James movie about this. It didn’t go well. The movie, I mean; it was atrocious.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    I guess I’m going to have to change all my (non-existent) online dating profiles to include my chess rank.

    ~1250