I'm a college student majoring in economics. All of my economics professors always say gay marriage will be the downfall of the economy. Since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay mariage, it has bad side effects. Many small businesses will be forced to close due increased taxes they will have to pay. Major companies will use it as an excuse to lay off thousands of workers and pass it off as budget cuts.
Personally I don't care if you're gay. I don't get why for and against gay marriage people have to bash each other. There are both pros and cons to thr argument . My friend was saying how great the news of gay marriage was and I told her I'm against it for the reasons I stated above. Her father, who is an economist (also the reason why I'm an Econ major) agreed with me and my friend flipped out at us. She called me and me and her father horrible people. Can we talk to her about the subject?
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While her reaction was overkill, it really isn't surprising. Unfortunately people have an "If you aren't with me, you are against me" attitude about gay marriage. I don't care about gay marriage one way or the other, and also get a lot of hate for just not caring, but having it legal won't do anything one way or another.
I think your professors don't know what they are talking about. Gays wouldn't put any more strain on the system than straight people already are. In fact single parents are a far bigger draw on the governments resources than gay couples will ever be.
If it was bad for our economy the announcement of it being being legal would have destroyed our stock market as soon as the news hit. At this point marriage really doesn't give any benefits that you can't get from some other means. Even the government will provide health insurance if you don't make enough, so you don't even need to be on your partners health insurance anymore.
Things like WIC that you mentioned actually are easier to get on if the person is single, so if anything it would lower peoples dependance on the government. In fact I know straight couples that purposely don't get married just so they qualify for WIC. Two "single" but pregnant lesbians can get approved for government aid a lot easier than two pregnant married lesbians, that have to report each others earnings when applying for government aid.
Adoption is very hard, and a couple have to make very good money in order to adopt. So the same people that do the adopting are actually the people that are contributing the most into the system. So again your professors reveal just how little they know.4