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.
"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. So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money."
And wow, that's a really good point. Gay marriage would burden small businesses who would need to spend more on healthcare and other benefits. But of course, that's not limited to gay marriage, as all marriages do the same thing. And this would be an argument against allowing employees of small businesses to get married. And of course, since straight couples are more likely to have the added expense of children (including maternity leave); it would seem obvious that gay marriage is the cheaper alternative.
And without a doubt, a potential employee's marriage status plays a big part of this, so employers should certainly be allowed to ask the employee if they're married or ever plan on getting married; to weed out the more expensive employees. And if an employee ever decides to get married, that should be a fireable offense. I mean, why should an employer be saddled with extra expenses solely due to decisions an employee made in their personal life?
Of course, someone else might suggest that a big "out" for all this would be universal healthcare, so we could finally get employers out of the healthcare business. But we all know that's crazy socialism which will only undermine our country and destroy the fabric of society. Much better to just oppose marriage and be done with it. Way to think this through, Steele.
On a separate note, Steele claims that he first developed this argument while talking to a college student on an airplane, and I can only assume that Steele imagines he won or he wouldn't be proudly repeating this asinine argument.
And so I'd like to nominate this as the absolute Worst Debate on a Plane Ever. I'm just hoping that Steele has mistaken the student's mind-blown silence as a concession of defeat. That's often the only sort of "victory" conservatives can ever claim.