Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Do you know what do all these states have in common? Right you are, they all allow their gay citizens to marry each other. Unless you’ve been living under the rock, you’ve doubtlessly heard the debates and rumors about gay marriage issue. The Christian society is outraged by this new law and tries to ban gay marriage in the other states. Meanwhile, gay community and social activists rejoice and celebrate, and of course try to promote this law and give gay people all across the USA a chance to get legally married in their home towns.
Lots of words have been said by the speakers during the last year. Some people say gay marriage will destroy the institution of marriage, that it is against the Nature and can’t be allowed anywhere. Others say that gay marriage ban stigmatizes gay people and that the only thing that matters when it comes to marriage is love, and gender has nothing to do with it. All in all, the debates are polarized between two diametrically opposing groups. Nevertheless, the decisions are to be made. In fact, there are tons of positive perspectives of accepting gay marriage. Each of them can have a positive impact on the economics and society. Let’s check them out below.
1. First of all, this is about the so-called “marriage penalty”. This is a type of income tax that these people are supposed to pay to the state for their being married. New York State alone can potentially benefit about $184 million from this tax in the nearest future!
2. Besides, state economy can benefit from marriage licenses. The more licenses sold the better!
3. As for the social advantages of gay marriages, this is a silver mine of new opportunities. For example, married couples will experience fewer children adoption difficulties. Of course, many people vote against gay parenting, but the facts remain: according to the social studies, children raised in the same-sex families show better social behavior and academic results as compared to the kids born and raised in heterosexual families. Thus, allowing gay people marry each other and adopt kids will benefit the institution of family and potentially save a lot of orphans.
4. And finally, legalizing gay marriage all over the country can possibly reduce the divorce rate. Thus, the state of Massachusetts was the first one to legalize gay marriage back in 2004 and it has already started experiencing the positive impact of this law. As weird as it may sound, the divorce rate in this state is the lowest one in the country! It proves the fact that gay relationships are as a rule much more devoted and stable than regular ones.
So, as you can see, the legalization of gay marriage is not only an inevitable and natural step in our society’s evolution but a great source of economical and social advantages. American institution of family is dynamic and changes all the time. Remember, several decades ago interracial marriages were a taboo as well, and today it appears to be nonsense for us! Hopefully, same will be said about gay marriages within a couple of years.