via Carnal Nation
Does it seem to you that the anti-gay marriage folks are getting a little desperate to come up with a logical, reasonable explanation for why they don’t want gays to marry (besides their homophobia, I mean)? You’ll love this one, then.
GOP Chairman Michael Steele has proposed that if gays are allowed to marry, that will hurt businesses by adding to their health benefits costs. Here’s what he said:
“Now all of a sudden I’ve got someone who wasn’t a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for,” Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. “So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money.”
If that’s the case, then maybe we shouldn’t let anyone marry. Wouldn’t that make sense? I mean, then nobody would have to pay any spousal benefits to anyone. Or we could, you know, have a health care system that wasn’t profit-driven in the first place.
In any case, it really seems like he’s trying to defend the indefensible. Which is, I hope, a sign that this sort of institutionalized homphobia is on the run. Keep your fingers crossed…