Earlier this year in anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, two Michigan GOP state representatives introduced a bill to keep government officials from performing same-sex weddings. Michigan Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were among a number of conservative lawmakers around the country who intended to throw up as many roadblocks to same-sex couples as they possibly could.
As Michigan Live reported, it got a lot of backlash, including from some conservatives who saw the writing on the wall when it came to marriage equality.
Republican state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat on Thursday introduced a four-bill package that would prohibit clerks, judges and other government officials from performing weddings. The legislation would require all marriage certificates to be signed by a religious leader.
The bills sparked immediate criticism from pundits, including conservative columnist Nolan Finley, of The Detroit News, who wrote that the proposal would “continue a guerrilla war against same sex marriage” and suggested its sponsors are advocating for “a Christian version of Sharia law.” (Source)
Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, like many other conservative politicians, were opposed to same-sex marriage and touted the “sanctity of traditional marriage” as part of their continual pandering to evangelical Christians who make up a large base of the Republican Party. Just last month, Todd Courser posted on his blog that “we are living in the last days” in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling and urged his followers to sign a petition supporting bills privatizing marriage and protecting discrimination against same-sex couples.
As is often the case, it seems to have been a case of “do as I say, not as I do” with these two married conservative politicians from Michigan who were cheating on their spouses with each other. Ok, sounds like just another story of politicians being hypocrites, right? Wrong. It gets more interesting as it turns out that not only were they busted for their relationship, but they tried to make it look like a political hit job from within their own party.
Via Detroit News:
State Rep. Todd Courser planned the distribution of a fictional email alleging he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal his relationship with Rep. Cindy Gamrat, according to audio recordings obtained by The Detroit News.
Courser, a Lapeer Republican, said on one recording the email was designed to create “a complete smear campaign” of exaggerated, false claims about him and Gamrat so a public revelation about the legislators’ relationship would seem “mild by comparison.” (Source)
The problem with elaborate plots like this is that they often blow up in your face, as it did with Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat who were exposed for their extra-marital affair. Instead of taking personal responsibility for their actions, something conservative politicians love to talk about, Courser and Gamrat tried to pin the story on other members of their own party.
This also isn’t just a couple of politicians getting busted and trying to blame other people like Anthony Weiner did. This shows the very real civil war going on within the GOP pitting the Tea Party and social conservatives versus establishment Republicans for control of the Republican Party. As we get closer to the 2016 elections, it’s only going to get more and more interesting. Better go stock up on your popcorn.
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