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Georgia, USA: GOP Chair Says Straights Will Commit Fraud to Marry for Benefits if Marriage Equality Legalized

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Georgia GOP Chair Sue EverhartThe head of the Georgia republican party begins her tirade on marriage equality by admitting she’s a bigot, and then comes up with an absurd rationale for her bigotry. You’re gonna love this. From Queerty:

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.”

First off, why would it have to be two men? Why can’t it be a man and a woman who are both “straight as an arrow” who could be marrying solely for benefits right now?

Second, how many straight guys do you know who would pretend to be gay-married for benefits? I mean. seriously?

And third, even if we granted her this, who’s taking the free ride, in this case? Straight people! So under her way of thinking, we need to keep gays and lesbians from marrying, so straight can’t take a free ride, which they can already take under the current system.

Got it?

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Illinois, USA: GOP Chair Won’t Step Down After Supporting Marriage Equality

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Illinois GOP Chair Won't Step Down After Supporting Marriage EqualityWhen the chairman of the state’s Republican Party stepped up and spoke out in favor of marriage equality last week, LGBT advocates were pleasantly surprised.

But some members of Pat Brady’s own party are livid and want him to step down from his post.

Brady says he isn’t planning to quit.

‘If people want to throw me out because I took a stand on an issue of discrimination [as] the chairman of the Republican Party, the party founded by Abraham Lincoln, then that’s – that’s up to them and they’re free to do it,’Brady tells WBEZ. ‘But I’m not backing down.’

Authored By Greg Hernandez – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Minnesota, USA: Chris Kluwe Holds His Marriage Equality Debate With an Empty Chair

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Chris Kluwe Holds His Marriage Equality Debate With an Empty Chair in MinnesotaBy all accounts, Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe wiped the floor with his opponent at Friday’s debate on marriage equality in Minneapolis.

Of course, he was debating an empty chair.

The marriage ally was once again standing up for the rights of the gay community, but since Matt Birk, Michele Bachmann and the folks from Protect Marriage Minnesota were too chicken-shit to show up, he had to bust out some philosophical kung fu on an empty Louis XIV.

Authored By Dan Avbery – See the Full Story at Queerty

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Minnesota, USA: Viking Player Chris Kluwe to Debate a Chair on Marriage Equality

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Go ahead, make his day.

After a whirlwind media tour on the issue, which we detailed here Wednesday, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe continues to put himself in the spotlight as an advocate for marriage equality. For his next move, Kluwe plans to take a page out of Clint Eastwood’s recent playbook and debate an empty chair on the subject Friday afternoon.

Billed as “Chris Kluwe vs. The Chair,” Kluwe will take the stage at downtown Minneapolis’ The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre to share his views against Minnesota’s Same Sex Marriage Amendment, Amendment 1, which if passed, would limit legal marriage in that state between a man and a woman.

Authored By Chris Strauss – See the Full Story at Freep.com

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OH, USA: Chair of Marriage Equality Ban Repeal Effort Steps Down

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Ohio Marriage Equality Ban RepealFormer Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan has stepped down as chair of an effort to repeal Ohio’s gay marriage ban as established gay rights groups express reservations over the proposed ballot issue.

Last week, the Ballot Board cleared a proposed amendment which would legalize gay marriage in the state. It would repeal a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union, which passed in 2004 with overwhelming support.

Nascent group Freedom to Marry Ohio now must collect roughly 385,000 valid signatures from at least half of Ohio’s 88 counties to get their proposal on next year’s ballot.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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Candidates for RNC Chair Oppose Marriage Equality

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Some of the leading candidates vying to replace Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele oppose gay marriage. The candidates discussed their views on the subject with National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Chairwoman Maggie Gallagher.

NOM is the nation’s most vociferous opponent of gay marriage. The group backed successful efforts to repeal gay marriage in California and Maine. Its next targets appear to be New Hampshire and Iowa, where Republican lawmakers increased their numbers on November 2.

Gallagher discussed the issue with several leading candidates, including Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, Save American Jobs Project Chairman Saul Anuzis, former RNC political director Gentry Collins and former Missouri Republican Chairwoman Ann Wagner.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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