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Let It Rip Weekend: Agema's Anti-Gay Comments & Right to Work as Slavery

Let It Rip Weekend: Agema's Anti-Gay Comments & Right to Work as Slavery

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On this edition we talk about the comments made by Republican Party National Committeeman Dave Agema about gay marriage.  Recently he said this at a GOP meeting in Berrien County.

"I stand for traditional marriage, not homosexual ones. The family unit is the basic unit in society. When you tear the family apart, you tear the country apart.

I worked with these individuals for almost 30 years at American. I know what they do. I know [inaudible] American Airlines with San Francisco said, "We could not land in San Francisco and do business with American Airlines unless we paid same-sex unmarried benefits.

I'm a flight attendant, you have AIDS, you come to me and say, "Tell them I'm your lover for the last six months." You get on the 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 ... 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 to me that issue within our party are wrong."

At a Michigan GOP meeting on Saturday, Dec. 14th, the party was expected to censure Agema for his remarks.  But they didn't.  In fact, he was given a standing ovation when he spoke (and didn't bring up his controversial comments).  Should they have punished him?  Stacy Swimp, a minister and political activist joins us to defend Agema.  He says Agema has nothing to apologize for and the controversy has been drummed up by the gay community for no reason.  But Garrett Arwa, the Executive Dir. of the Michigan Democratic Party calls Agema's remarks prejudiced and says the GOP should denounce him in the harshest of terms.

Also, is Michigan's Right to Work law a form of slavery?  Teamsters Local 214 recently cited that as a defense after being sued for charging opt-out employees for representation in Dearborn.  They say forcing them to represent people who don't pay dues is a form of indentured servitude, which is strictly prohibited under Michigan's constitution.  Do they have a point? Rev. Charles Williams of Detroit's King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church says absolutely.  But Manny Lopez from the Mackinac Institute for Public Policy thinks otherwise.  His group actually represented those Dearborn workers who sued the Teamsters.

Then AFSCME Local 25 Attorney Richard Mack joins Manny Lopez to debate Right to Work's effectiveness one year after it was passed.  Has it improved the state's economy as promised?

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