Watch: Colbert Embarrasses GOPer Who Warned of Gay Marriage Fraud

"It's all about a free ride." Huh!?

On his show last night, Stephen Colbert took on Georgia RNC Chairperson Sue Everhart for using one of the stupidest arguments against marriage equality to date.

Everhart’s claim, which made AlterNet’s  Top 5 Ways the GOP Has Failed to Appear Less Crazy, suggests people fighting same-sex marriage don’t care about equality. Instead, the push is all part of a grand scheme to kick the door open for widespread, gay marriage fraud. Said Everhart to the Marietta Daily Journal:

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? There is no way that this is about equality … To me, it’s all about a free ride.

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“Yes, a free ride. This entire battle about marriage equality is really about straight men trying to get free health care,” Colbert responded.

“Because if there’s one thing I know about straight guys, is they’ll jump at any chance for their peers to think they might be gay,” the host continued, not so subtly critiquing our society’s warped treatment of masculinity.

So what’s the source of Everhart’s theory? Colbert says she might’ve consulted Hollywood. The idea of two men getting married for benefits isn’t exactly a novel concept.

“It was blown right open in the explosive documentary, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” Colbert quipped, referencing the 2007 Adam Sandler film that used “gay marriage fraud” for its central plot line.



Steven Hsieh is an editorial assistant at AlterNet and writer based in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @stevenjhsieh.