Comment Controversy: Michigan Republican getting attention for - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Comment Controversy: Michigan Republican getting attention for remarks about gay marriage

Posted:

A Michigan Republican is getting a lot of attention for remarks he made about gay marriage and AIDS during the Berrien County Republican Party Holiday party.

A Herald-Palladium reporter was at the event last Thursday and recorded Republican Party Committeeman Dave Agema saying the following:

"When you tear the family apart, you tear the country apart. I worked with these individuals for almost 30 years with American (Airlines). I know what they do. I know what happened to American Airlines when San Francisco said we could not land in San Francisco and do business with American Airlines unless we paid same sex unmarried benefits.

"The pilots said, 'Bologna. Don't go there anymore.'

"Can't do it. Too big a market. Can't do it. Well, what happened? Say me and, what's your name again, first name? Martha. I'm a flight attendant. You have AIDS. You come to me and say, 'hey, tell them I'm your lover for the last six months.' You get on our health care. American Airlines spends $400,000 before you die of AIDS. And he goes on to the next, and the next, and that's what was happening.

"Folks, they want free medical because they're dying between 38 and 44 years old. It's a biggie. So, to me it's a moral issue. It's a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and that is in our platform, so people that are opposed on that issue within our party are wrong. It's in our platform. (audience applause)"

The story has gained national attention after the Herald-Palladium first reported the story over the weekend.

The Associated Press reports Republican Governor Rick Snyder condemned Agema's statement.  A spokeswoman said the governor considers the remarks "extreme and discriminatory." 

FOX28 called Committeeman Agema for a response, but we haven't heard back. 

We spoke with Brian Savage who serves as the Chairman of OutCenter.  He's an openly gay Republican in Benton Harbor.  "Mr. Agema's remarks were absolutely outrageous and quite frankly unacceptable," Savage says.  "The fact of the matter is it's 2013 and gay and lesbian couples want to be recognized.  There's no more going back into the closet for those folks.  They're in long term committed relationships and they want protections."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Dowagiac Police report missing teenager found safe

    UPDATE: Dowagiac Police report missing teenager found safe

    Picture of Daven Lamont Brown (Courtesy: Regina Northrop)Picture of Daven Lamont Brown (Courtesy: Regina Northrop)
    UPDATE: Dowagiac Police report missing teenager Daven Lamont Brown has been located by his family and is unharmed.More >>
    UPDATE: Dowagiac Police report missing teenager Daven Lamont Brown has been located by his family and is unharmed.
    More >>
  • Woman found dead inside her burning home in Middlebury

    Woman found dead inside her burning home in Middlebury

    Police are still investigating after a woman was found dead Wednesday morning inside of her home in Middlebury. When authorities arrived at the scene, her house had caught fire.Elkhart County Sheriff Department deputies responded to the scene on the 11400 block of County Rd. 4 in Middlebury shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. Inside the home, they found 69-year-old Lona Chutsch dead inside of her burning house.More >>
    Police are still investigating after a woman was found dead Wednesday morning inside of her home in Middlebury. When authorities arrived at the scene, her house had caught fire.Elkhart County Sheriff Department deputies responded to the scene on the 11400 block of County Rd. 4 in Middlebury shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. Inside the home, they found 69-year-old Lona Chutsch dead inside of her burning house.
    More >>
  • Fatal motorcycle accident on US 20 in Elkhart

    Fatal motorcycle accident on US 20 in Elkhart

    A 42 year old Elkhart man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle accident Sunday just before 11 AM. The motorcycle driver was driving his Harley Davidson eastbound on US 20, when he crossed the center line near CO RD 13. He collided with a vehicle traveling west.Police reports say witnesses suggested the man may have been driving around 70-80 miles per hour. He was found not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car had only minor scrapes as injuries. The Elkhart County Crash Investig...More >>
    A 42 year old Elkhart man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle accident Sunday just before 11 AM. The motorcycle driver was driving his Harley Davidson eastbound on US 20, when he crossed the center line near CO RD 13. He collided with a vehicle traveling west.Police reports say witnesses suggested the man may have been driving around 70-80 miles per hour. He was found not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car had only minor scrapes as injuries. The Elkhart County Crash Investig...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.