A new post on the New York Times’ economics blog wonders whether homosexual marriage can help struggling state economies. The author argues that recognizing homosexual marriage in cash-strapped states may help close the budget gap that many states are experiencing in the current economy.
The author points to a case study on Rhode Island regarding the impact such a decision would have on the state’s revenue. Researchers say that legalizing homosexual “marriage” in the Ocean State would bring in $1.2 million dollars over three years. According to the post, “economic desperation has helped reshape how we think about the regulation of other social issues.”
But should we sell our sense of morality for a million dollars? Hardly. The state of Rhode Island is expected to have a $427 million deficit in 2011 and a $290 million deficit in 2012. That’s more than $700 million in state budget deficits through 2012, and we’re expected to believe that a million dollar return on homosexual “marriage” is a good way to save the state economy?
The real reason the legalization of homosexual “marriage” is pushed hardly relates to finance. In fact, pro-homosexual activists will look for any excuse, even lame ones like this one, to force their version of morality on Americans. They’re more concerned with you being forced to validate their sex practices than they are with state budgets, but if the former can be accomplished by appealing to the latter, they’ll gladly push ideas like this.
Governments must never abandon their Biblical responsibility to uphold the good and restrict evil (Romans 13:1-5). God has spoken on His standards for human sexuality, and human government must not honor or legitimize that which God has forbidden, no matter how much financial benefit such a prospect may provide. Besides, Solomon tells us that such ill-gotten gains profit nothing in the long run (Proverbs 10:2).
Trading Biblical marriage in Rhode Island for a negligible one million dollar payoff will prove no wiser than Esau’s ill-fated decision to sell his own birthright for a measly bowl of stew.
Can Gay Marriage Save State Budgets?
The New York Times
“This is not the first attempt to quantify the fiscal (and other economic) effects of same-sex marriage. Similar calculations came up during the debate in California over Proposition 8. And in 2004, the Congressional Budget Office released a study on the economic effects of legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states and on the federal level, estimating that the changes would improve the federal budget’s bottom line by $1 billion a year over a decade.”
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death (NKJV).