Mike McManus, a Religious Right activist and founder of the group Marriage Savers, appeared on the Family Research Council’s show “Washington Watch” yesterday to share with guest host Craig James his plan to increase the country’s marriage rate.
McManus told James that the government should simply tell single mothers who cohabitate with a partner that they will lose government support if they don’t get married. “Uncle Sugar” should cut women off, he said, unless they get married, in which case they will continue to receive benefits for at least two years.
When James asked why politicians aren’t taking up his proposal and are instead focusing on issues such as same-sex marriage, McManus said that gay people are a small segment of the population who don’t even want to be married.
“One point seven percent of Americans are gay or lesbian, and we just can’t be intimidated by this tiny percent,” McManus said. “It’s a tiny fraction of gays who want to marry in the first place, so why are we intimidated by this? We need to simply stop arguing with these gays and simply focus on what can we do to strengthen traditional marriage.”