With all the talk of equal marriage rights and the religious rhetoric being slung by both sides, people have ignored some simple facts that should not be over looked. The first is that the Constitution of the United States of America is based on the separation of church and state. What that means, boys and girls, is that a religious argument should not even be allowed to be made. God, in whatever form you worship, should have no bearing on the law. The second is that marriage equality adds a new demographic to a number of industries, therefore increasing the income with those involved on those industries. I do not want to debate the constitutionality of marriage rights, so let us explore the second, a countrywide economic boost.
Weddings are big business wherever you go. Just one wedding will employ florists, dressmakers, formal wear shops, reception halls, photographers, bakers, hotels for out of town guests, and everything else to make the event what the couple wants. Then you need to consider the honeymoon, hotels, travel expenses, activities, and other honeymoon or vacation expenses. As you can see, the costs really add up. This is money being spent and used to boosts business. Which we can all agree is a good thing. We should embrace this opportunity to expand to accommodate this new demographic. The possibilities are endless.
However, if you think this is not enough to persuade you, let us consider some additional economic boosts. Married people pay more taxes. Married people are more likely to buy a house, vote favorably for school tax increases, buy more than one automobile, go on family vacations (which is usually more than one person traveling together), shop locally, and even buy life or health insurance. Married folks are more likely to set roots in a community and be less nomadic. That is not even considering that with marriage equality more people will be paying the local governments for marriage licenses, something that is not done with a ceremonial commitment ceremony.
Heck, even if we are going to look at the negative aspects of marriage there is money to be made. Divorce is expensive. Whether the couple is homosexual or not divorce employs lawyers, mediators, sometimes social workers, the courts, and the costs are astronomical. Again, this is money to be made by a number of people in a number of different industries.
Take a step back, folks, and remove any religious right or wrong arguments. Close your eyes for a second and remove the emotional aspect of the marriage equality issue. Look form a long-term economic point of view. There is money to be made here. There is the possibility that marriage equality right will benefit not only those able to get married but those catering to them. Seize the opportunity. Take advantage of the chance.