Same Sex Marriage to Boost Economy?

imgres-1In an extremely interesting article written by Jerome Nathaniel, we see another idea as to why same sex marriage should be legalized. Nathaniel states that gay marriage is good for the economy, as it would increase government revenue and jobs. At first I did not really see how this could be something of actual legitimacy but upon further reading of the article I was able to comprehend yet another reason as to why same sex couples should be allowed to wed.

This is a very interesting point that would be unlikely to sway religious extremists and people who believe strongly in “American-family-values” as this argument could be made for numerous topics (i.e. drugs, prostitution, etc.). Rational people, on the other hand, are more likely to support something for financial resources than for ethical reasons, so this is an argument that could help sway some people who are against same sex marriage.

Nathaniel’s argument illustrates how successful the New York economy has been after the state approved same sex marriages last year. Nathaniel states “anywhere from 7,200 to 8,200 gay couples have wedded in the City — that’s roughly 10% of all marriages in the five boroughs. The marriages have brokered in 200,000 out-of-towners, $259 million in economic activity and $16 million in taxes.”

These statistics are very intriguing as once a same sex couple has their wedding, they will then most likely go on a honeymoon and spend more money, adding to that local economy. A same sex couple will need the same things for a wedding that a heterosexual couple would need. All of these pre/during/post wedding necessities would add up to astonishing figures that heterosexual couples pay now. Why not allow even more money to be pumped into the economy by legalizing same sex marriage? Saying no to same sex marriage just causes money to not be spent, when they should have the same right as heterosexuals’ to get married. If gay marriage were legal across the entire United States then there would be a large increase in weddings and other marital events that would cause an increase in spending.

Nathaniel also discusses how same sex couples are more likely to have two working adults in a household than traditional families. The income of same sex couples could be combined to place them in a higher tax bracket.

As Nathaniel puts it, “America has a divorce rate of 3.4 per 1000 couples. If you ever asked anyone who’s been through the divorce process, it can wind up costing more than getting married” and if heterosexuals have the right to be unhappy in a marriage, why can’t same sex couples?

My personal mentality is “live and let live.” If a same sex couple wants to marry their partner then they should not be denied. Everyone should be able to marry the person they truly love. We all have a right to try the difficult task of marriage, which many people back out of anyways. Who knows, maybe same sex couples will be better at it than heterosexual couples are.

Link: http://www.policymic.com/articles/12022/gay-marriage-is-good-for-the-economy-it-increases-government-revenue-and-creates-jobs

The Final Four: The Democrats who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

Recently, there has been a growing wave of Democrats who have come out in support of same-sex marriage. The total number of sitting senators who support gay marriage is 53. Now, they are calling the rest “The Final Four” of which include the only four Democratic senators who are still against gay marriage.  These four are: Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana, Senator Mark Pryor from Arkansas, and Senator Tim Johnson from South Dakota.

Firstly, Senator Manchin has always been an opponent of same-sex marriage and has also been vocal about this opposition. In a statement he said, “I believe that a marriage is a union between one man and one woman. My beliefs are guarded by my faith, and I support the Defense of Marriage Act.” Senator Landrieu has had a somewhat shaky stance on the issue. She recently said that she thinks people should be able to “love who they love” but that “my state has a very strong ban against gay marriage constitutionally, so I’m going to have to think really carefully and listen to the voters of my state about that issue.” What’s more, according to The New York Times she is the third least receptive in the nation to same-sex marriage and she’s not expected to change her mind any time soon.

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Senator Pryor is also from a state where same-sex marriage is deeply unpopular. In the same analysis by The New York Times, it predicts that come 2020, Arkansas will be one of six states without majority support for same-sex-marriage ballot incentive. Lastly, Senator Johnson is retiring at the end of year so some speculate that he may change his mind. However, his son may enter the race to replace him, and he said that “having a parent weigh in would lock him into a position he might not hold or want to hold.” As of last week, Johnson told The Huffington Post that he remained opposed to gay marriage. It is quite alarming that there are only four Democratic senators who do not support gay marriage.

While four seems like a small number, it is still a huge fight to overcome for gay activists. These senators are ultimately representing what the majority of what their state believes, that gay marriage is “wrong” and “unconstitutional.”  This is imperative for activists to understand because it is up to them to change this overwhelming belief in these states. Changing the stereotypes in states like Louisiana and Arkansas, for instance, will help gays win the fight for marriage equality. The overwhelming support from Senators in favor of gay marriage has been astounding, why stop now?

Link: http://theweek.com/article/index/242378/final-four-the-only-democratic-senators-who-still-oppose-gay-marriage