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Gay Marriage Won't Be an Economic Boost to Illinois

 

Prof. Jennifer Roback Morse, Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, writes in Mercatornet:

116935206recent report claims that "marriage equality" will provide an economic boost to Illinois: US$54- $103 million in new spending, and $8.5 million in new tax revenues. This study comes at an opportune time for the gay lobby in Illinois. Their marriage bill, SB-10, is not exactly sailing through the House. Chicago legislators representing heavily ethnic minority and religiously conservative districts have been reluctant to endorse the redefinition of marriage. Perhaps the gay lobby hopes this extra tax money might motivate wavering legislators to support this bill.

The people and legislators of Illinois should not count on extra revenue as a benefit from redefining marriage. These forecasts are based on an elementary economic error as well as highly dubious forecasts. That is why the "Gay Marriage Economic Miracle!!!" predictions have not worked out so well in the past.

If you have not yet contacted your state legislator in Illinois please do so today.

3 Comments

  1. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Attorneys and politicians are the only folks who experience an "economic boost" as a result of marriage redefinition. The promise of increased revenue for states is made up. You might as well make the claim that marriage redefinition will fix global warming or childhood obesity.

  2. Zack
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    An economy cannot benefit if people aren't marrying and stats show that same-sex couples "tie the knot" at fewer and fewer numbers each year...but they divorce at a much higher rate.

  3. Darryl Lightcap
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    They know nothing about economics, the state can't pay its bills, they are trying to close schools.This is their plan, just more dreams.