Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For an economist, NOM's Morse is woefully inept or spectacularly disingenuous

Pants of fire liar
A very long time ago, I came to the conclusion that those opposed to gay rights for religious reasons will say just about anything irrespective of whether or not it is truthful (let alone logical). Somehow, that whole "bearing false witness" thing doesn't apply     at least when it comes to the gay. It is their selective observation that should cause most people to question their reliance on a passage in Leviticus.

Today, National Organization for Marriage's Jennifer Roback Morse is trying to convince others (or herself) that marriage equality will not bring an economic benefit to Illinois. Morse claims to have taught economics at George Mason University and to have earned Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester. Nevertheless, she writes:
Jennifer Roback Morse
And the premises are indeed flawed. The same-sex couples of Illinois would have spent that money on other things: vacations, theater tickets, home decorating, pets, cars, doctor bills. Every dollar spent on weddings is a dollar taken away from some other industry!!
Please. The simple fact is that weddings in Illinois are guaranteed to generate revenues for Illinois. Something that, for example, a vacation will not do.

A large percentage of the money spent on a wedding would stay in Illinois and 100% of the money spent on a wedding generates sales tax revenues for Illinois. 100% of the venue cost goes into the local economy and weddings require waiters, cooks and other employment as a direct result of the wedding. Food, liquor, flowers and other items will be purchased on the local economy. 

Furthermore, revenues are not confined to the money that same-sex couples spend. Weddings tend to attract people from out-of-state. They will stay in Illinois hotels, eat at Illinois restaurants and shop at Illinois stores. Indeed, out-of-state money may very well be paying for the ceremony.

Ms. Morse is not interested in economic logic. Rather, she is intent on refuting a well-founded premise of marriage equality.
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