Target: Georgia Chairwoman, Sue Everhart
Goal: Dispute fears of homosexual marriage fraud and promote marriage equality.
Georgia GOP Chairwoman, Sue Everhart, recently warned that the fight to legalize same-sex marriage is not about equality, but rather a free ride to fraudulently obtaining benefits. Please sign this petition telling Everhart that not only are her comments offensive, but they are unfounded and can be applied to heterosexual marriage as well.
In an interview with The Marietta Daily Journal, Everhart lays out the diabolical plan heterosexuals will take on to get benefits from their friends. “You may be 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 wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and a woman. There is no way this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride.”
Everhart’s offensive, insensitive and bigoted remarks are not only aimed at homosexuals, but the fight for marriage equality as a whole. To imply that the fight for equal rights is really a front for accessing benefits, as she puts it, “a free ride,” is not only incredibly insulting, but also just ridiculous. Why wouldn’t two heterosexuals get married for benefits? There is certainly less stigma associated with heterosexual marriage, and it is a much easier process than same-sex marriage.
People do marry out of convenience and theoretically it is possible that Everhart’s scenario plays out, but the incidence of fraudulent marriages is low. So far there is no evidence of widespread fraud following the adoption of gay marriage in nine states and the District of Columbia. People thought immigration benefits would also send people down the isle fraudulently, but that is not the case. According to the New York Times, nationwide, the number of marriage petitions denied for fraud is tiny: 506 of the 241,154 filed by citizens in the last fiscal year, or two-tenths of 1 percent.
Please sign this petition telling Everhart that not only are her comments offensive, ignorant and insulting, they are unfounded and neglect the obvious double standard she poses for same-sex marriage fraud.
Dear Chairwoman Everhart,
Your recent comments in The Marietta Daily Journal were offensive, bigoted, unfounded and, quite frankly, ridiculous. Your fears of widespread marriage fraud by heterosexuals, posing as homosexuals to obtain benefits if gay marriage is legalized is laughable. It’s actually so laughable that in 2007 Hollywood made the story into a comedy in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.
The crux of your interview lay on your fears that marriage equality will lead to abuse of benefits as people start marrying out of convenience. Why are your same fears not ignited by the legalization of heterosexual marriage? It is most certainly less stigmatized than gay marriage and quite easy to do. Your argument is discriminatory against homosexuals, when heterosexuals could do the same thing. Regardless of your fears, there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the nine states and the District of Columbia that have adopted gay marriage.
That covers the ridiculous double-standard of your argument, but what about your lack of sensitivity and dismissive remarks regarding marriage equality overall. You say, “There is no way this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride.” Your implication that the decades-old fight for homosexual rights is simply a ploy to gain benefits is just silly. These people value the same things about marriage as you do and it is insulting for you to dismiss the strides and shortcomings they continue to face.
Please keep your bigoted opinions to yourself, support your fellow citizens and fact check in order to stay informed for further interviews. I would write with the goal of getting you to apologize, but I know you’re not sorry, just ignorant.
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