Huh?

by Russ Roberts on May 28, 2009

in Not from the Onion

I couldn't make this up:

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."


I don't know what more offensive, the singling out of small business as if it's something special (it isn't) or the stupidity of an argument that applies with even more force to heterosexual marriage.

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