Human Rights for Gays Just too Expensive

Well, to many of us, treating Americans equally whether straight or non-straight seemed like a good idea.


Because we didn’t think about the pricetag of equality. Silly liberals. Well, economically-minded opponents of marriage equality have helpfully pointed out that if we end this form of discrimination, it will COST THE TAXPAYERS! OH MY DEAR LORD!

Extending federal benefits to same-sex couples will cost taxpayers $898 million over the next nine years, according to an analysis of “domestic partnership” legislation released last by the Congressional Budget Office.

…The 2004 report was written at the request of then-Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, an opponent of same sex marriage.

Hey, how about a similar report on the cost to taxpayers of het spousal benefits? Because if the above cost of extending basic benefits to this very small minority of Americans is so hefty, it must be 50 times greater at least for straight couple benefits. Just saying. If we’re going to offer a right to society, it’s either all or none. How is it that we can afford spousal benefits for the 90%-98% of couples who are straight, but when it comes down to that last 2%-10%, suddenly we run out of money? I mean, if we’re trying to save money by selectively denying marriage, why not pick other minorities, like Shinto practitioners, or American Indians, and deny them marriage? Heck, why not just stop offering spousal benefits at all? Think of the savings!

I’m going to just say that it’s stupid to subject the human rights of oppressed groups to an economic evaluation as a means of determining whether it is “worth it” for the oppressed group to have rights. Insulting, prejudicial, small-minded, and smacking of straight privilege. People have human rights because they are human. They come automatically at birth. It doesn’t matter how much they cost, because they are a greater good than the bottom line. As a matter of fact, most human rights would be free if the privileged didn’t put so many obstacles in the way of achieving them.


Can this same steely-eyed, nothing-but-the-facts economic analysis be also applied to government contracts, or the defense budget (which cost the taxpayers far, far more than anybody’s partner benefits), or is it reserved only for times when bigots are scrambling for reasons to perpetuate inequality? What are the values of this dang nation anyway?


3 thoughts on “Human Rights for Gays Just too Expensive

  1. That’s the dumbest argument I’ve heard in my life. Well, not the dumbest, but it’s pretty stupid. Before I actually accepted their argument against gay marriage (changing the definition) even though it was really weak, but now it’s obvious that these anti-gay marriage people are just trying to find any way to win. Wow, that’s amazing.

    People in the future will look back and wonder why it took so long for gays to get equal rights.

  2. Yep.

    The definition of marriage has been changed over and over again across centuries. To pretend like *this* “change” will ruin marriage to to play-act. Deep down, the only reason a person would oppose the marriage of two consenting adults is bigotry.

  3. Too expensive? So is the GAY TAX, y’know, the extra ba-effin’-zillion dollars the LGBTQ pays due to discrimination in CIVIL marriage, the denial of a spouse’s pension after death, etc., etc.

    But in the 21st Century, I do hope we gather the DIGNITY and COURAGE to TAX REVOLT, esp. since we are NOT true U.S. citizens with full rights.

    Here’s a quote from “Teach People How To Treat You” – by James J. Mapes, Ph.

    “Remember the bully in school? Whom did he or she pick on? I can guarantee the bully did not pick on the person who did not allow him or herself to be picked on.”


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