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Right-winger claims gay people marry to get free healthcare for AIDS

First Nigella admits to coke use, now a politician is pushing the homophobic AIDS panic button. Are the eighties back or what?

At a Berrien County Republican Party holiday reception last Thursday, Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema affirmed his support for "traditional marriage, no homosexual ones" by invoking the dread that gay people might get married as a ploy to better healthcare. Healthcare they need because, you know, AIDS. "Folks," he explained, "they want free medical because they're dying [when they're] between 30 and 44 years old. To me, it's a moral issue. It's a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it's in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong." It's apparently also a financial issue. Agema said that while working for American Airlines, he saw employees using partner benefits to get coverage for people with AIDS.

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