It looks like Alabama state Senator Del Marsh (R-Of Course) may have found a winning hand in the argument against marriage equality.
The GOP has known for a long time that if they can frame something in the context of “it’s going to cost you, the (white, male, Christian) tax payer money,” then they’ve effectively won the debate. As an added benefit, they draw libertarians, who, whether they be minarchist or anarchist, are clueless facilitators of rising a extremist Christian theocracy all the same. No clearer example of this can be seen than Lee Atwater’s famous quote: going from “n*gger, n*gger, n*gger” to “forced busing” and “welfare queen” was a winning strategy for the GOP. It’s still “n*gger, n*gger, n*gger” when you get right down to it, but the person is shielded from cognitive dissonance by an onion of ego-syntonic delusions. The strength of these delusions vary, as the trolls in our audience show on a routine basis.
In a radio interview on the “Dale Jackson Show”, State Senator Del Marsh attempted to turn that tactic on marriage equality, shifting from “f*ggot, buttsechs, ew” to “financial burden” and “Social Security benefits:”
You gotta look at the financial aspect of it. Let’s face it. If gay marriage is approved, I assume that those types of unions, those people would be entitled to Social Security benefits, insurance. Where does it end?
He added that he wondered “if the federal government is looking at the actual cost to the government when they look at an issue like this.”
He couldn’t make this a more obvious red herring if he painted it red and made it smell like fish. I’ll answer this question with the same answer I give when someone asks me where the money for programs I propose like “mincome” and “universal healthcare” comes from: it comes from the same place as the money for those huge, multibillion dollar corporate tax breaks Congress routinely clears. Those corporations are doing just fine with government money, and it’s especially egregious, because that’s your money they’re doing fine with!
Last month, Alabama’s ban on gay marriage was struck down by a Federal Judge. An appeal is scheduled to happen next week; they’ll hopefully lose there, too.
Listen to Marsh’s remarks below: