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Michigan Republican: Gays want ‘free medical because they’re dying’

Courtesy daveagema.com Courtesy daveagema.com

One of Michigan’s representatives to the Republican National Committee, already under fire for controversial comments about homosexuals, said last week gays and lesbians want free health care to pay for AIDS treatment.

In a speech at the Berrien County Republican Party’s annual holiday reception, former state Rep. Dave Agema said he had seen gay co-workers at American Airlines claim someone with AIDS was their spouse so that person could receive medical benefits.

“Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they’re dying (when they’re) between 30 and 44 years old,” Agema said, according to the Herald-Palladium newspaper of Benton Harbor, Mich. “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.”

Agema made the comments during a speech in which he urged Republicans to reach out to both independents and tea partiers.

Agema has taken heat for his comments about gays before. In April, he shared an article on his Facebook page that accused gays of living a “filthy lifestyle,” and urged Christians to help them “get out of it.”

“As a matter of fact when Jesus caught a woman in the act of adultery when they brought her to him he said, ‘I don’t condemn you but go and sin no more.’ That ought to be the church’s goal here,” Agema said on a radio show run by the Family Research Council. “We ought to be saying to these people, ‘Hey, we don’t agree with your lifestyle and we’ll help you get out of it, but we want you to know the facts of what’s going to happen to you if you stay in this lifestyle.”

He said children were being conditioned to accept homosexuality in schools. “The next thing that will occur is your kids will come home and say, ‘I think this is a good thing and I think I want to be one,'” he said in April.

Agema is serving his first term on the RNC after ousting longtime member Saul Anuzis.

Reid Wilson covers national politics and Congress for The Washington Post. He is the author of Read In, The Post’s morning tip sheet on politics.

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