Agema was speaking at the Berrien County Republican Party’s Christmas party when he made the remarks. He was discussing the need for unity between the Republican Party and the insurgent tea party when he took off on a tangent about his days as a pilot for American Airlines.
Gay men who worked for the company, he said, would take advantage of the company’s same sex spousal benefits program by pretending to be partners with HIV positive men who could not receive medical coverage any other way.
“Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they’re dying (when they’re) between 30 and 44 years old,” he said. “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.”
“I stand for traditional marriage, no homosexual ones,” he told the group. “The family unit is the basic unit in society. When you tear the family apart, you tear the country apart.”
Earlier this year, Agema defended his decision to post a Facebook rant that labelled LGBT people and the “gay lifestyle” as “filthy” and claimed that half the murders in any large city are committed by homosexuals. He has also likened same sex relationships to alcoholism or drug addiction.
Huffington Post spoke to Michigan Republican strategist Dennis Lennox — a vocal critic of Agema and his strident anti-LGBT agenda — who said, “Dave Agema’s hateful rhetoric and unabashed bigotry have no place in our Republican Party. Republicans will not win a national governing majority until Mr. Agema’s extremist behavior is no longer tolerated.”
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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