Monday, April 1, 2013

Today's dumb thing on the internet

I'm pretty sure this is the dumbest thing I will read on the internet today. (I've got a lot of work to do this evening, so I can't spend hours surfing.)

The chairwoman of the Georgia GOP sees so much potential for abuse and fraud in same-sex marriage, she can't even believe it. I mean, the likelihood of two totally straight men getting married just to secure health insurance or pension benefits or some other kind of "free ride."
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. 
Oh, honey. Do you really, really think that? Really? Have you never heard of "Green Card" marriages? Haven't people (gay and straight) been accused of entering into fake marriages to secure legal residency for one of the parties? Sheesh, there was a movie about it! And isn't it already possible for people to get married just for insurance purposes? They did that on "Grey's Anatomy" two seasons ago, when Kim Raver's character married a patient she barely knew so he could get the life-saving surgery he needed.

Really, the only difference that will come with expanding marriage to same-sex unions is that people desperate enough for insurance or some other benefit that they'd enter into a loveless marriage to get it will have more options. And, as happens now, the county clerks' offices around the country who issue marriage licenses still won't ask couples applying for marriage licenses if they're doing it for reasons some crazy lady in Georgia finds acceptable.

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