by Jeff Laughlin

News and views from inside the media bubble


People rarely give so much fodder on April Fool’s Day, but Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart nearly got us all.

Her comments defending her position against equal rights warned people that straight people might get gay-married to preserve or gain certain benefits.

“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? I just see so much abuse in this it’s unreal. I believe a husband and a wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and a woman. There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride,” she said.

This quote, seemingly pulled from the annals of the Onion, appeared on April 1 in the Marietta Daily Journal and later gained coverage in several blogs.

But how could they believe it? On the day anything can appear in the papers, how could any news organization believe a woman actually defending male-female only marriage rights by saying people will marry to get benefits?

Everhart’s comments were so bombastic and pointless, I guess the media had no choice but to let her satire herself.