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Gay marriage is good for the economy. Plain and simple.
Despite your views on marriage as a whole, and I’ll admit, being young I’m skeptical of marriage, we have to realize that this seemingly social matter, is actually quite fiscal. Marriage on a governmental level is mostly economic based in the first place. You get put into a different tax bracket, and certain family benefits are available to families that have marriage. For example, the child tax credit families receive is a household tax credit as opposed to a singular option.
But it doesn’t just stop at the spending or income on a tax level. Things like health insurance can cover a whole family, reducing costs of healthcare and worry that is put on a family in times of need. Even on the topic of healthcare, we are reduced to the simple argument of rights of the family when it comes to making health decisions or visitation rights at a hospital. Families not afforded the right to join in a civil union or marriage are denied these simple capabilities that are second nature for heterosexual marriages.
Scott Walker, and the WisGOP would like you to believe that any other type of marriage other than heterosexual marriages are taxing on the state, a burden on the family structure and against everything that is Christian.
Well I have some news for the GOP. In an article published by ThinkProgress in June of this year, they help me out by stating:
In 2004, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) looked at what it would mean for the federal government to recognize same sex marriages. In all, this would impact 1,138 statutory provisions in which marriage is a factor in determining benefits, including perhaps most prominently Social Security and federal taxes. The CBO found a slightly positive impact on the budget if same-sex marriages were to be legalized in all states and recognized by the federal government: an extra $1 billion each year for the next ten years. It estimates that the government would see a small increase in tax revenues: $500 million to $700 million annually from 2011 to 2014 depending on the fate of the Bush tax cuts (which were law at the time of the report).
So today when I opened up my Journal, I saw that Mayor Rybak of Minneapolis was in Milwaukee today inviting LGBT couples to come to his city and join in marriage under Minnesota’s recently adopted gay marriage law, I was elated. THIS GUY GETS IT.
He realizes the economic factors, the family benefits, the community vitality and the simple civil rights he can afford as a Mayor in one of the Midwest’s most vibrant economic hubs.
Scott Walker though? He’s just going to bury his head in the sand on this one. I wouldn’t expect we will see any movement from anyone on this issue until we dump him in 2014 and then we can move forward with this economic solution for our state “Scott free.”