Ga. GOP chair in bigoted tirade: Marriage equality nothing but ‘a free ride’ 

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.”

Everhart said if she had a young child she wouldn’t want them to have gay parents who would influence that 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,” Everhart 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.”

Wow. This woman is serious.

Everhart couldn’t be more wrong. First, to suggest that gay and lesbian couples only want to marry to “abuse” the benefits that come with marriage is asinine. Second, it’s ALL about equality. Ugh…

But my favorite line from the piece is where Everhart says gays and lesbians don’t have “equipment to have a sexual relationship.” She’s obviously not very imaginative.

The good news here is that she’s wrong. We know she’s wrong. Even she probably knows she wrong somewhere deep down inside. The bad news is statements like these are a reminder of just how far we have to go in the conservative South.

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Photo: Georgia GOP chairperson Sue Everhart.