A county commissioner in Pennsylvania who opposes giving benefits to the spouses of gay employees says pets would follow.

While Pennsylvania does not allow gay couples to marry, County Executive Matt Croslis for the first time included health care benefits for the spouses of gay workers in his 2014 budget. Gay couples can marry in three neighboring states: New York, Delaware and Maryland.

Lehigh County Commissioner Tom Creighton on Wednesday offered an amendment to strip out the $219,000 item.

“The state has a ban on same-sex marriage, so why should the county be offering benefits for same-sex marriage?” Creighton is quoted by The Morning Call as rhetorically asking. “I don't feel the county should be looking for new ways to give away taxpayer money.”

“Next it could be giving money out to people's pets or whatever,” he added. “No, it probably won't go that far.

(Related: Gay marriage bill introduced in Pennsylvania House.)