Snyder condemns GOP leader's anti-gam statement

LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has condemned GOP National Committeeman Dave Agema's statement that gay people are seeking health insurance for same-sex partners because they are dying of AIDS and want free medical care.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph (http://bit.ly/1bXh9CK ) reports that Agema made the statement last Thursday at the Berrien County Republican party's holiday reception at a banquet hall in Lake Township, east of Bridgman.

Agema told the group that he opposes gay marriage as a "Biblical issue," getting applause when he said that Republicans who support it are wrong.

He says gay people want "free medical care because they're dying between 38 and 44 years old" from AIDS.

Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said Wednesday that the governor considers the remarks "extreme and discriminatory."

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