In an effort to unify Republicans with members of the Tea Party, a Michigan congressman expressed his views on traditional marriage, further isolating those in same-sex relationships. 

During the Berrien County Republican Party Holiday Reception on Thursday, former state rep and Michigan national GOP committeeman Dave Agema encouraged members of both parties to unite against same-sex rights.

From The Herald-Palladium:

“I stand for traditional marriage, no homosexual ones,” he said. “… The family unit is the basic unit in society. When you tear the family apart, you tear the country apart.”

[Agema] has taken flak nationally for his stance against gay marriage, but he said he doesn’t mind because while working at American Airlines, he saw firsthand what happens when benefits are extended to gay people.

He said American Airlines workers would say a person with AIDS was their lover so that person could get medical benefits.

“Folks, they [gay people] want free medical because they’re dying [when they’re] between 30 and 44 years old,” he said. “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.”

Read more at The Herald-Palladium

Agema’s speech was meant to convey the message that Republicans needs members of independent parties to win elections, and he attempted to do so by getting the crowd to understand why same-sex marriage is not right.

We know his comments are ignorant, but unfortunately Agema isn’t the only one in the country who shares such philosophies.

Should members of the LGBT community spend time to educate those who are ignorant?

Or accept the fact that not everyone will agree with their lifestyle?

Sound off below!