I've heard some loopy "reasons" for keeping marriage between a man and a woman. I've actually heard (or at least read) people say things like, "If a man can marry a man, what's to stop a man from marrying his dog?" Like a man and a dog are the same thing! Sigh. So I guess it should come as no great surprise when a GOP stalwart said that gay marriage would lead to fake gay marriages. "You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow," Georgia GOP chairwoman Sue Everhart reportedly 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?" Gee, Sue. I think the question is, What would stop anyone from doing that?
There is absolutely nothing to stop a man and a woman from getting married for the benefits. In fact, many do. I know people who have. I also know gay people who have entered into "straight" marriages. Not necessarily for health benefits, but for a range of other benefits. Starting with societal acceptance.
So if gay people can be a straight marriage for the benefits, why shouldn't straight people be in a gay marriage for the benefits? In fact, why don't we consider what it would be like if everyone had affordable access to healthcare? Then we wouldn't have to worry about anyone marrying for the benefits! Wouldn't that be something?
But beyond why straight men or women would fake a gay marriage (a pretty unlikely scenario, but let's roll with it), think about all of the reasons straight people have gotten married throughout the centuries. Let's see, there's marriage for property. Marriage for financial security -- something women didn't have a choice about until fairly recently. Marriage for jobs. Marriage for religion. Marriage for babies. A lot of reasons besides "Marriage because I'm madly, passionately in love with you." (In fact, people didn't think about that much until this century.)
In other words, there is such a thing as the "fake straight marriage." Always has been.
Meanwhile, the real gay marriages will far outnumber the "fake" gay ones (methinks Sue has seen I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry a few too many times), and the committed gay couples who want to have all of the legal benefits of marriage can have them, as they should.
What do you think about "fake" gay marriages?
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