It didn’t take long for Cobb GOP chief’s ‘gay’ remarks to ... Go Viral
by Joe Kirby
Around Town Columnist
April 02, 2013 12:36 AM | 5346 views | 14 14 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG for controversial comments to “go viral” these days. Just ask Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart of east Cobb, whose remarks about gay marriage in Monday’s MDJ caromed across the country and back in a hurry.

The story focused primarily on how Cobb residents were using social media like Facebook to show their support for same-sex marriage in the wake of last week’s two high-profile cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Everhart’s quotes came at the end of the story and were on the “jump” page, but that didn’t keep them from quickly gaining notice.

“Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this, but it is not natural for two women or two men to be married,” Everhart said. “If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

She also predicted there would be wholesale fraud across the country if same-sex marriage is legalized. Straight people might get married and live separately, just in order to get health insurance and other benefits from an employer, she said.

“I just see so much abuse in this it’s unreal,” she said. “There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride.”

THE MDJ STORY had attracted nearly 18,000 hits and 130 comments on the MDJonline.com website by mid-afternoon, most, but far from all, critical of Mrs. Everhart.

Wrote “Janimal”: “And why would same sex couples be more likely to commit fraud than heterosexual couples, hmmmm?”

Not surprisingly, comments were much more one-sided in outlets like “The Huffington Post” that recapped the MDJ’s story, where most of the 200 comments were like those from “Barneyjake”: “How can you deny rights to a group because you’re fearful on how it might play out economically?”

Over at Talking Points Memo Livewire, “Banfrackingeverywhere” wrote, “All the straights who marry and divorce for sport put the SHAM in marriage long before gays took their fights to the courts.”

And “Clareomar,” who identified herself as a native Georgian, wrote, “Where is Lester Maddox when we need him? He’s looking more statesmanlike with every passing election.”

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MORE POLITICS: Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will be guest speaker at Saturday’s Cobb Republican Party Breakfast. The event takes place at the Cobb GOP HQ, 799 Roswell St., starting at 8:15 a.m.

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DETAILS continue to emerge about the recent fallout between the Friends of the Strand Theatre and the Lyric Theatre.

Several Strand board members to whom Around Town spoke agreed with Around Town’s surmise of March 23 — that the Lyric was bluffing on having another theater already lined up. The Strand board was quietly irked by Lyric head Brandt Blocker’s front-page announcement that his group planned to relocate to another, unspecified theater in Cobb; and by earlier hints by the Lyric that it might relocate. There was also the feeling that even if the Strand took up Mayor Steve Tumlin’s offer to have the city and DMDA subsidize the theater, they might find themselves in a replay of the current contract scenario in the future. So they chose to pull the plug on the relationship.

THE LYRIC represents only 15 percent of the Strand’s revenues; not a huge hole to fill, in other words. Strand board members are confident their popular executive director Earl Reece, the longtime head of the Cobb performing arts magnet school program at Pebblebrook High School prior to his retirement, will be able to fill the gap left by the Lyric’s departure.

There also was a sense among the Strand board that a breakup with the Lyric was inevitable and that it was better that it take place now while they have their “ace in the hole” — Reece — in place to plot a reinvention of the Strand’s offerings for the next few years. As one board member told Around Town last year, “Earl has already retired once (from the Cobb School District) and we know at some point he’s going to retire again.”

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COURTHOUSE: Friends of late Cobb Superior Court Judge Ken Nix will gather at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to dedicate a softball field in his honor at Field B in Tolleson Park in Smyrna. Nix developed the senior adult softball program at Tolleson in 1991 and eventually developed 12 teams in the league. …The Cobb Bar Association will hold its first Law Day Classic at the Marietta City Club on May 3, with registration deadline April 19, reports new president Mazi Mazloom. Proceeds will benefit the Bar’s Children’s Emergency Fund. Cost is $125 per player and includes lunch. Contact Linda Hill at Linda@cobbcountybar.org.

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LAST WEEK’S CLOSURE of Shaw Pharmacy marks the end of an era in west Cobb. Terry Shaw opened the drugstore in 1988 on Due West Road at a time when the Due West Community consisted of little more than Due West Elementary and Due West Hardware. The retiring Shaw sold out to CVS and will work as a pharmacy consultant at the Due West CVS for the next month, then take his family to Disneyworld.

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THE COBB SCHOOL BOARD meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday to discuss its budget and on how to fill an anticipated $86.4 million budget hole for FY2014. The budget has to be approved no later than June 30 and they’re shooting to approve it around May. There have been 13 ideas or solutions floated thus far, and here is how one insider thinks it will all roll out:

• $22.2 million in reserves — With frustration about the other suggestions, this one will more than likely rise to about $40 million, especially when there’s a little over $130 million still sitting in the reserves according to their last update on the Fund Balance.

• $22.1 million to cut 295 teaching positions through attrition — Should happen with ease, especially with the continued increase in retirements, resignations or firings.

• $15.5 million for five furlough days and to eliminate five instruction days — Cutting into classroom time for kids is pretty counterproductive so that could drop to about three for both reductions, mostly because teachers will argue they are already taking a salary cut from the district by taking away step increases.

• $10 million for employees not to get salary step increases — On average this is about a 1.1 percent raise per employee. “One can only hope that if it saves another employee’s job, those who qualify for a raise will deal with the sacrifice,” said AT’s source.

• $4.6 million to increase bus pick-up radius to 1.5 miles — Elementary school parents are not going to stand for this so more than likely it’ll be dropped for K-5 students and implemented for middle and high school kids. But do expect a longer wait at the drop-off and pick-up areas for these schools.

• $4.2 million to budget new teachers at the beginning salary step instead of average teacher salary and $1.8 million to provide only half credit for newly-hired teachers — This will pass but it’ll be hard to recruit veteran teachers, so expect your kids to be taught by youngsters when the district is fishing for new blood.

• $3.4 million to get rid of 34 administrators — This one is definitely the flip of a coin because some might argue that additional administrators are needed but at the same time, so are more teachers. So why not drop their salaries and put them back in front of the students teaching?

• $2.3 million to outsource custodial services — It sounds like a good place to cut and could work but the district will have to be cautious about who they hand the keys to and who will be around the students since these individuals won’t technically be employees of the district.

• $1.9 million to use 41 paraprofessionals for In-School Suspension positions — This should pass easily but the concern will be that you won’t technically have a certified teacher working with some of the most difficult students in the schools.

• $1.3 million to reduce central office staff by nearly eight people — It will pass because if the district wants to get the other cuts, the board will OK them, shaving off at the top.

• $1 million to cut bus services for magnet school programs and the Boys and Girls Club — This one is tough because you’re cutting services for cream-of-the-crop students and those who really need an after-school services.

• Plus $3.9 million to implement “Strawman Online Learning” concept that will introduce more online classes to students during a traditional school day — The board seemed pretty interested in this so it’s something they may actually take for a test ride next school year if they can get the developmental portion of it all panned out.
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Love Under Fire
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April 07, 2013
I'm not sure whether to consider her comment hateful or just plain dumb. If she was at all in touch with reality, she would know that straight people are already forming fraudulent marriages outside of the sincere purposes of love and commitment. They've been doing that ever since governments began conferring benefits upon married couples. I also guess she has never heard of marrying for money or for social status. None of this answers the question of why law-abiding, tax-paying and military serving citizens should be denied the right to access legal marital benefits and protections with their chosen life partner like any other citizen. One would need to prove that such citizens are not human, not citizens and their mutual romantic love is unreal, unnatural and clinically insane. Until then, it's a closed case as far I can read and understand the 14th amendment of the constitution and the equal protection clause of Georgia's constitution. Georgia's amendment one is a legal contradiction of the above unless it can argue favorably for the question at hand. This is why the state amendment must fall. No true American would allow constitutional violations of this degree, because it not only restricts the freedoms of some of us, it endangers the potency and truth of the constitution which was created to protect the freedoms of all of us. It is with this, I argue that those who are civically against marriage equality are unamerican and not fit for public office.
anonymous
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April 03, 2013
Why doesn't the MDJ report the comments IN AGREEMENT WITH Everhart? Not biased liberal reporting here at MDJ is it?
anonymous
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April 03, 2013
You are quoting from liberal publications such as the Huffington Post. Those of us that believe in Holy Matrimony between a man and a woman stand tall by our beliefs. I notice you didn't quote Huckabee. Again, tired old argument, when a man and a man can have natural relations and a woman and a woman can have natural relations and both can bear a child, come back to us with equal rights. Men and women are not created equal and all the MDJ's, Huffington Post's in the world will never be able to change that. I admire you for trying though.
Love Under Fire
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April 07, 2013
Men and women maybe physically designed differently, but they are created equally. Just as a portion of our population's sexual gender attractions are designed differently, they are still created with equal merit. The purposes of marriage are not always about physically producing children. Some married couples are not able to and some couples choose not to. Yet they still have a right to be married to one another and have it respected and protected by the government just the same as any other.
Just Sayin'....
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April 02, 2013
Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Loud, dear friends of the SPLOST -

WHERE ARE YOU NOW???? Perhaps if you worked as hard at fixing the budget as you did promoting yourselves with the SPLOST, we might be able to find some funds. But, it appears we will be using the new buildings five fewer days next year, with more kids in each class, and once again taking money out of the pockets of the teachers. I'll bet that makes you all warm and fuzzy. At least your construction company friends will have additional resources next year.
The other side
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April 02, 2013
Did "Around Town" bother to check with Brandt Blocker OR the mayor before accusing Mr. Blocker of "bluffing". Obviously not. If you had, you would know that they were not bluffing. Not very balanced reporting.

If the Strand board is relying on Mr. Reece to be their "ace in the hole"...they are sadly mistaken
Squarrier
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April 02, 2013
Fox News > MDJ

I'm frankly exhausted of hearing about Arts War 2013. All it's doing now is ruining the reputations of these businesses. Read the recent MDJ articles over this topic; they've all been speculation and finger-pointing (thank you, MDJ writers). Please put this reporting to bed until you have fact and/or something positive worth writing about.

Oh, and speaking of theater, one of these companies should do a play about Sue Everhart and her pessimistic insertion to the gay marriage proposition. "Free Ride: A Sue Everhart Story".
Harry Hagan
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April 02, 2013
Three cheers for Ms. Everhart, who knew there would be fallout, but who still had the courage to state the obvious. I know the fable about the emperor and his new clothes is tired from over-use, but it's so appropriate here. Of course homosexuality is not natural. Only a person brought up without parental guidance and then shipped off to college and the realm of far-left professors could possibly believe that it is. Any homosexual alive knows it isn't natural. That doesn't mean that the fact of homosexuality should meet with any censure, calumny, or disapprobation. Homosexuality is not a chosen state. They should have any right any other person has, including those rights married persons have. But to call their unions "marriage" is tantamount to admiring the emperor's new clothes. You may be free to do it, but you make yourself look awfully silly doing it.
Watcher...
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April 02, 2013
Harry Hagan and Sue Everhart understand the issue!
A day late
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April 02, 2013
Your comment is a great joke but April Fool's was yesterday.
anonymous
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April 03, 2013
What do children say? This is my daddy and my daddy. This is my mommy and my mommy. And when they learn about procreation what do they say? Well some mommys are not designed to have babies. Well some daddies are not designed to have babies. Wrong. All gay couples are not designed to have babies and to tell less than the truth about mommy and mommy and daddy and daddy is to tell a big fat lie.
anonymous
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April 03, 2013
Pedophiles aren't natural either and do not live in a chosen state.
rx7ward
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April 03, 2013
What an inbred, ridiculous redneck you are! Take your religion and shove it where the sun don't shine, you drooling hick!
OHS teacher
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April 02, 2013
why not get rid of ISS and just give the misbehaved students a chance to spend the day with their parents or attend a Saturday school or after school detentions?

This would save 1.9 million minus the cost of Saturday School.
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