It has long been feared that certain works of fiction would one day prove prescient: 1984. I, Robot. And now, at least for Sue Everhart, the chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry:
“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.”
Bizarrely, Everhart fails to acknowledge that this exact scenario can and does occur with straight people of the opposite sex as well, and yet heterosexual marriages are allowed to exist. It's such a blatantly defective objection that it makes you wonder if maybe Everhart's real problem with gay marriage — despite her insistence that "there is no way that this is about equality" — is that she just doesn't like gay people.
"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."
There it is.