Demise of Same-Sex Weddings Disheartens Businesses

Is it snarky of me to point out that in addition to the human rights issues, Prop 8 also hurts the economy? Way to protect the American dream, folks.

In June, the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, which studies sexual orientation and the law, estimated that legalizing same-sex ceremonies in the state would result in about $63.8 million in government tax and fee revenue over three years.

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5 Responses

  1. Zoid

    The question I’ve wondered. If it’s all about protecting the sanctity of marriage, why don’t they change the no-fault divorce laws and the common-law marriage qaulifications? I’m usally listening to pod-casts well after the fact to try the call in shows and don’t get a chance to poke the pundits with that question. Then changing the divorce laws would be a additional econimic downturn for the poor lawyers.

  2. Jen

    I’m still in shock over the loss of human rights (including the right to adopt in Arkansas), and I’m not gay or American. My hearts go out to all of those people whose futures just went down the toilet thanks to a bunch of zealots. Is it possible that at some point a President could make gay rights a federal issue, much as was done with the civil rights movement?

  3. Mary Robinette Kowal

    I’m angry at myself as much as anything because I didn’t sign up for the phone banks for Prop 8. It looks like this isn’t an issue that impacts me, but it does. I have friends and family who will be denied the rights that I have and for something as stupid as gender. I mean, if you’re going to talk about marriage as a sacrament, it seems like the love of one’s partner is more important that the plumbing.