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DNC chair condemns Michigan GOP, says they tolerate anti-gay bias

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: 'Intolerance is in the Republican Party's DNA'
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FERNDALE, Mich. — The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee has joined leading state Democrats in condemning Michigan Republicans for their handling of anti-gay remarks by a GOP National Committee member and their failure to extend civil rights to gays.

APDebbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Democratic National Committee leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz joined U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial candidate Mark Shauer at a gay rights forum Tuesday in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale.

Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema attacked same-sex marriage, and said that gays want free healthcare because they are dying of AIDS.

Agema said that during his career with American Airlines he witnessed LGBT workers claiming a person living with AIDS as their partner simply so that person could get medical benefits.

“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,” said Agema.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has condemned Agema but hasn’t urged his resignation. Snyder says he’d consider but won’t lead the push for expanding the state’s civil rights act to cover sexual orientation.

Earlier this year, Agema came under fire after he posted an excerpt on Facebook from an article titled “Everyone Should Know These Statistics On Homosexuals.”

Among the claims in the article is that gay people “account for half the murders in large cities” and that “part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle.”

Wasserman Schultz says “intolerance is in the Republican Party’s DNA.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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15 more reader comments:

  1. You have to love this woman…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 3:35pm
  2. she is very cool

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 3:38pm
  3. I support this woman while she kicks ass…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 4:16pm
  4. She says “intolerance is in the Republican party’s DNA.” Funny. Just a short time ago her own party had the same views on the LGBT community as the GOP. It was Clinton, a Democrat, who signed DADT and DOMA into law. This woman has a huge ego that she needs stroked on a regular basis. Anything to get her big mouth in front of a microphone.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 4:32pm
  5. And Clinton Signed both Bills because there was the threat of a Constitutional Amendment banning Gay Marriage. At that time the slightest hint that someone was gay could be an immediate discharge. What he DID was try and set up a system where gays and lesbians could serve in the Military without having to lie. For those who have LIVED THROUGH History what was done was easily Understandable and at the time it was the Best Possible Option. Whether you choose to see it or not, Bill Clinton really did protect us, just not the way we would have wanted.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10:14pm
  6. She's completely accurate and correct.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10:15pm
  7. However, criticism of the Michigan GOP is certainly warranted in this case. The Republican Party is going down in flames at this point and they’re trying to put out their own fire with gasoline.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 4:34pm
  8. Thank you for shining a light on Michigan! This state has gone in the opposite direction of many more progressive states and instead is ruled by the GOP who are focused on oppression…..of anyone other than a wealthy, white, straight male!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 4:59pm
  9. Well of course she doesnt like gay women – look at those dick sucking lips…she makes gay men jealous…lol

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 6:14pm
  10. thanks a million for your support …. debbie ….. we appreciate you very much ((((hugs)))) and …. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY …. :-) after all …. it is …. ALL ABOUT A GOOD LOVING FAMILY …. :-)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 6:29pm
  11. Yes, blah, blah, Debbie this, Debbie that… but she happens to be my representative, and she’s always too busy somewhere else!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:06pm
  12. Allecia, you just wished a Merry Christmas to a Jewish woman. Hahaha!!!!! That actually just made my day.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:22pm
  13. Let us all remember what the GOP stands for when we vote!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:50pm
  14. I do realize that DADT was a far better alternative than what preceded it. I’m active duty military and I’ve served since before the repeal of DADT. My comment was only meant to serve as one example of the hypocrisy within politics. I detest the GOP’s platform and the way the party as a whole treats our community. But I hate how everyone has such bad memory and has forgotten that the Democratic Party overall was just as anti-LGBT just a short time ago. The way I see it, they were just the first to capitalize on this resurgence of support for us and want our votes. The GOP is trying to do the same with Latinos since they completely lost the Latino vote in the 2012 elections. I do think that many of the Democrats have indeed evolved in their views, but a lot have also simply followed the rest of the party in search of votes. If they legitimately cared, then they wouldn’t have waited until the last minute to announce their support for ENDA.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:11pm
  15. You go girl

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:50pm