As more states expand gay rights and ratify marriage equality, it becomes obvious the traditional right-wing talking points and scare tactics just aren't working. Michael Steele, the token black and latest anti-gay chairman of the GOP, now suggests Republicans "can reach a broader base" by reframing same-sex marriage as cost prohibitive for small businesses who must spend more on health care and benefits.
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.
"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?"
Steele is such a tool. Any employee marriages—straight or gay—and/or children could potentially cost more for a company that provides benefits. Why not only hire single employees? Doesn't sound very "family friendly", Mr. Chairman of the "Family Values" Party. Steele is reaching but apparently even he realizes bigotry isn't selling like it used to.