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[Nov. 5th, 2004|11:54 am]
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Why is gay marriage a government issue in the first place? I can see a connection since you can get married in a courthouse, and you have to apply for a marriage license at the clerk's office... But not a direct effect on government whatsoever. Wait... Wait a minute... Once you get married, you can file for cheaper taxes. Gee, think that could be it? Once all the gay and lesbian couples get married, tax profits would drop.
Honestly, I don't know if I'm speaking out of line here, but I think the option of marriage would be good for the gay community and it's public image. Part of homophobia comes from the concept that gay people are promiscuous. They're promiscuous because they can't get married. If the concept of relationships as it's known to the straight folks were equally applied to gay folks too, I think a lot of good things would happen.

[User Picture]From: recovry
2004-11-05 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thats why the right opposes it, because then they would have to come to terms with their own ignorance.

I genuinely taste social-unrest in the air for the next 4 years...
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[User Picture]From: chemicaljen
2004-11-05 10:55 pm (UTC)
i agree with you completely.
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[User Picture]From: shawboy
2004-11-06 01:41 am (UTC)
Hey! Stop making sense!
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[User Picture]From: velvetmuse
2004-12-07 06:00 am (UTC)


Those are two really exellent points about the issue that I hadn't really thought about.

It hadn't occured to me that the government would loose more money in taxes if gay people could get married, which obviously is going to make Uncle Sam frown. And suddenly I'm remembering quite a few gay men and women I've met over the years who are pretty well off financially. Most of the lesbians I know are highly educated and going into careers in psychology, law, or medicine. A number of the gay men I know have gotten into various buisness enterprises that have payed off well. I'm not sure what the real numbers are, but there are quite a few people in a high income bracket that simly can't get married because it's illegal for them to do so within their prefrences. Something about that is very, very interesting.

The other point that you brought up about how legalized marriage for homosexuals would potentially legitimize the issue in terms of concepts of relationship is a really big thing, and probably the reason things keep going the way they do when these sorts of things become a voting issue. Too many people with closed minds that would prefer them to stay closed. :(

Oh well, maybe someday the world at large will grow mentally enough to understand that two people who want to make a commitment of love are doing a good thing and it really shouldn't matter who'se got what plumbing.

But that's just my two cents.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-12-07 02:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Holycrap-

But in the mean time, "is gay sex gross" can be justified as an issue to be debated by congress. It's amazing how people trivialize an issue when they don't want to understand it.
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