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Published:January 29th, 2009 14:51 EST
Advantages to a sagging economy: Same-sex marriage

Advantages to a sagging economy: Same-sex marriage

By Kathleen Green

Confusion wracks this writer`s mind. I keep hearing on the news how bad our economy is and there are no solutions. I mean, come on, it is not rocket science.  It is business on this level. The government states there is no new money coming in and they are actively searching for solutions.  Yet they refuse to tap a well that is clearly full or in some states a "cash cow". 


I want to shout, "Are you kidding me"?


From a business perspective, the millions of dollars a year in lost revenue from Gay/Lesbian marriage alone would bring California out of its multi billion dollar deficit within a few years. We can add divorce to the equation, and the money that will result from that devastating reality. We took prayer out of the schools.  We can no longer say the pledge of allegiance or use the phrase Christmas Break " because we might offend someone who is not a Christian or from America. However allowing Gays and Lesbians to marry is a moral issue?  When does the government stop this on and off again babble and do their job which is to bring in money for their state. Allowing same-sex weddings will generate more jobs and pump hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy.


Using California as the best example, in a recent study done on same-sex marriages, California alone could generate over 2000 jobs and bring in approx 684 million dollars in revenue on wedding services alone for the state of California. What are the voters thinking? There are more then 100,000 same sex couples estimated in California that want to get married and a range of approx 70,000 in the surrounding states that would come to California and get married, bringing more revenue with them. It is clearly a win-win situation, and the trickle down would affect all US territories.


Romantic getaways to honeymoons can bring a sagging economy to a halt while people are able to enjoy and celebrate their unions with family and friends but most of all each other. In a community within a community it is sad to have someone else dictate to you how to be happy and that your right to be married, while a lovely thought, is simply put morally wrong ".


Employers are not allowed to discriminate on sexual orientation or a lawsuit on civil rights will come about.  Is it not my civil right to marry who I want? I will let you the reader answer this for yourself, I am merely an advocate for this community.


What happened to the separation between church and state?  Separation of church and state is defined as a political and legal doctrine that government and religious institutions are to be kept separate and independent from each other. The term most often refers to the combination of two principles: secularity of government and freedom of religious exercise. Most businesses and corporations are secular organizations.


What is the proper role of religion in society? When does the line become crossed?  This principle is derived from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution which reads, " Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof " " not same-sex marriage arguable under this bill of rights?


The state should not be allowed to make rulings for our country based on any religious beliefs or rulings pushed by a religious foundation; but rather make the choice on what is best for the people they represent. Same-sex marriages besides bringing in revenue from weddings the nearly 600,000 same-sex couples would pay up to an additional 700 million a year mainly in income taxes and estate taxes. This joint income will result in increased funding pouring into our retail economy; Money this country could sorely use. There is no one great idea to save our sinking economy however; but now is the time for us to use creative thinking to assist in solving this issue. Surely the business men and women of this country can understand it`s not personal it`s just good business.


Surely the government can see that this personal choice is a right to this community and this community should not suffer because of the lack of ability to stay fair and impartial. Traditional religionists insist that by allowing same sex marriage we will be opening up ourselves to allow polygamy to become legalized and accuse gays of attempting to redefine " marriage. However we can certainly agree that there is a difference between same sex marriage and polygamy. Marriage requires consent from both parties so why this ridiculous idea that same sex marriages are redefining anything including the Bible which has always been in great debate.


May 7th, 1996 the Defense of Marriage Act was introduced. First and foremost it states that no one state shall be required to give effect to a law of any other state with respect to same sex marriage and second it defines the words marriage " and spouse " for the purpose of the Federal Law.  The first part of this bill is an exercise of Congress` power under the effect " clause of the Constitution.


This allows each State to decide whether they are willing to grant legal status to same sex marriage. Sadly enough, approximately 28 states of the union are alarmed that they may have to defend themselves regarding acknowledging same sex marriages.  Just the thought scares them, like the gay/lesbian community has some super powers and will change each state into a Gay state.


Most will argue that the word spouse is defined as a partner in marriage of one or the other of sexes. Solution: Change the way we word our same sex marriages and unions?