GOP speaker calls gay marriage a burden to small business,

Saturday, May 16, 2009 2:53 PM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — 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."

As Steele talked about ways the party could position itself, he also poked fun at his previous pledge to give the GOP a "hip-hop makeover."

"You don't have to wear your pants cut down here or the big bling," he said. "It's a metaphor for taking this party to places and to people that we've either forgotten about, ignored or feel don't want to engage with us."

Vermont and Iowa have legalized gay marriage in recent weeks, and a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month found that 57 percent of people questioned support civil unions that provide marriage-like rights. Although 55 percent said they opposed gay marriage, the poll indicated a shift toward more acceptance.

The chief of the Republican National Committee has been criticized by some social conservatives in recent weeks after GQ magazine quoted him as saying he opposed gay marriage but wasn't going to "beat people upside the head about it."

Steele, a Catholic and former Maryland lieutenant governor, was elected chairman of the committee earlier this year.

Steele received a rousing reception from the Georgia Republicans meeting in Savannah. Convention delegates gave him standing ovations twice before speeches at breakfast and later on the convention floor.

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Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 03:22 pm
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Steel does not impress me, he

Steel does not impress me, he does not seem to rally to the cause, but who in the Republican party can. There just washed up old men and women. Except for Palin she is a hottie, gets my heart to pumping. A women with smarts that are better than her looks. She fishes and hunts, where can I find one like that?

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SC-LSU-Fan 05/16/09 - 03:29 pm
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I don't know of any small

I don't know of any small business who pays for a spouse's health benefits. This is not a valid argument!!!!! Most small businesses don't even pay for the employees benefits.

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Frank I 05/16/09 - 03:34 pm
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That has to be the most

That has to be the most bigoted argument of opposition I've heard yet.. what happens if a hetero employee get's married, "...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..." debunked..

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jack 05/16/09 - 04:11 pm
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I don't know of any small

I don't know of any small business who pays for a spouse's health benefits. This is not a valid argument!!!!! Most small businesses don't even pay for the employees benefits.
Posted by SC-LSU-Fan on Sat May 16, 2009 3:29 PM....News flash-most employer group policies cover spouses and children. Yeah, guess I (and God) are bigots as I (nor God) believe in homo marriages or civil unions.

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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 04:22 pm
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I work for a small business.

I work for a small business. My family has health benefits.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/16/09 - 04:53 pm
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How about just get rid of

How about just get rid of marriage, period, so it won't be a "burden" on business owners?

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jiclemens 05/16/09 - 05:10 pm
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There you go again Jack,

There you go again Jack, speaking for God from your heavenly hotline and assuming you know best for the rest of us. What qualifies you for such enlightenment? Yes you are a bigot, and pretty arrogant too. I would suggest the Bible isn't your authority because you repeatedly demonstrate a limited ability to understand complex passages. Every day your BS amazes me. What could you possibly know about 'homo marriages' other than the very real probability that an attractive male threatens your manhood?

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andywarhol 05/16/09 - 05:16 pm
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Does it mean a man can bring

Does it mean a man can bring another man to the U.S. as a Spouse or under a Fiance Visa?

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corgimom 05/16/09 - 05:39 pm
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"Now all of a sudden I've got

"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." So what's different between that and heterosexual marriage? Or does Michael Steele only employ single people, and if a heterosexual person decides to get married, does Michael Steele fire them, because they just cost him money?

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corgimom 05/16/09 - 07:34 pm
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Sure, the same way

Sure, the same way heterosexual people do. And there would be just as many sham marriages as there are in the heterosexual population. I know a gay man who married a woman in a green card marriage, she was a foreigner and wanted to stay in the US. Nobody worries about that, do they?

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jajo1012 05/16/09 - 07:41 pm
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The head of the Republican

The head of the Republican Party can't come up with a better reason than "It costs us money." ?! If that's all you got, then maybe it's time to reconsider your bigoted beliefs altogether!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/16/09 - 07:48 pm
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It's truly [filtered word] and

It's truly [filtered word] and bigoted statements like this that makes it so I cannot identify with the Republican party anymore. I didn't leave the Republican party, it left me. And this is why the Republican party lost the Presidential election. How do they expect people to vote for their candidate when they can't even display common sense and logic?

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avesposito 05/16/09 - 10:02 pm
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And we wonder why so many

And we wonder why so many Americans feel politically homeless . . .

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 11:27 pm
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I don't have a problem with

I don't have a problem with employers who offers benefits that allow people who are not married to receive benefits. Some single parents have nanny's who help with the kids while they are at work. Some have domestic partners, and some people have a family member Mom etc... who is a part of the household. Why shouldn't they be allowed in health care benefits?

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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 11:29 pm
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Republicans are losers, and

Republicans are losers, and liberals are even bigger losers

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