Surprise surprise, the guy who hated ACORN so much he went and asked them for financial advice and then doctored the video to make them look bad doesn't like gays all that much either. Here's another one of his "busts" where he and a male friend went around asking for marriage licenses in Massachusetts, saying that they were only doing it for the insurance, and they still got licenses! (Warning: This video is mind-numbingly stupid. It's also only around 5 minutes long, not 10 like YouTube says.)
What kind of society doesn't have you prove your love to your partner in front of a skeptical bureaucrat to get married? And obviously this isn't a problem with opposite marriage, since everyone knows that there's magic faerie dust around heterosexual marriage prevents people from doing it for any reason other than love or getting knocked up.
This top secret investigation from O'Keefe that found that county clerks don't have to attest to couples' never-ending love in order to hand out a marriage license to two consenting adults may be on to something. Turns out there are an awful lot of straight couples who get married for the same reason O'Keefe made up: insurance coverage.
Some people marry for love, some for companionship, and others for status or money. Now comes another reason to get hitched: health insurance.
In a poll released today, 7% of Americans said they or someone in their household decided to marry in the last year so they could get healthcare benefits via their spouse.
That's a big percentage of marriages, since it says "in the last year." Although I would think that the lesson to be learned here is that America's health care system is so terrible that people have to make bad decisions about relationships and form contracts that are hard to break just to get access to life-or-death treatment.
O'Keefe was in the news recently because he attempted to tap a Senator's office phone and will probably be doing some time in prison. He'll be a wingnut hero for years to come, though, since he has the right mix of moxie, arrogance, and cluelessness lots of young Republicans love.