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05/09/2013

NOM's most heterosexist claim yet?

by Jeremy Hooper

In a desperate new attempt to derail civil equality in Minnesota, NOM is working the idea that new marriages are going to weaken the state's economy:

"Gay marriage activists continually try to push the lie that redefining marriage is an economic stimulus, but this report shows the opposite is true — redefining marriage hurts the economy." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — Earlier this week, Minnesota Management and Budget predicted that redefining marriage would cost the state over $675,000 a year. This would not be offset by same-sex couples paying for marriage licenses and related expenses. The same report noted that the number of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses would also dramatically drop off after the first year.

Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage (http://www.nationformarriage.org/), reacting to this report said: "On top of the incredible social damage caused by redefining marriage, gay marriage will place a significant economic burden on struggling states. Gay marriage activists continually try to push the lie that redefining marriage is an economic stimulus, but this report shows the opposite is true — redefining marriage hurts the economy." Minnesota Budget Office: Gay Marriage Will Hurt Minnesota Taxpayers [NOM press release]

It is true that the Minnesota Management and Budget predicts that the new people enrolling for state benefits for their married partners would cost the state around $688,378 a year (while also generating new revenue due to the new licensing fees). But these same-sex couples will not be receiving anything above and beyond what married heterosexuals have been receiving (and we all have been subsidizing) for years! Where does NOM get off faulting only those same-sex couples who will receive state benefits?! If they have a problem with the costs attached to these benefits, then they need to go after the entire structure, not just one kind of couple that will sign up to receive them!

This is just one more example of NOM's heterosexist desire to receive rights, privileges, and subsidies that are denied to LGBT people. Period. They want a society that shows favor to their marriages and that penalizes LGBT taxpayers. We call that discrimination.

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