Michael Steele: Gay Marriage Will Hurt Small Business
So this is going to be the way they fight equal rights for gays? They’re going to claim it’s bad for business?
Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday.
Steele said that was just an example of how the party can retool its message to appeal to young voters and minorities without sacrificing core conservative principles. Steele said he used the argument weeks ago while chatting on a flight with a college student who described herself as fiscally conservative but socially liberal on issues like gay marriage.
“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.”
Wha? With universal health care everyone should be covered, anyway, so it should be a moot point whether you’re straight or gay. Is the implication here that if you’re gay you’re more likely to be sick, ie: AIDS? Marriage, actually promotes monogamy and good health in general, so one would think a society that provides a framework for the nuclear family among gays would bring down the cost of health care, not increase costs. Good luck fighting gay rights on this level.Click here for reuse options!
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