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Legalization of Gay Marriage Could Cost Tax Payers $1.1 Billion Every 20 Years

While everyone is talking about gay marriage, there is something that we are missing here, gay divorce.

While liberal LGBT advocates say that gay marriage will not effect heterosexuals, gay divorce definitely will.

Currently, the divorce rate for heterosexuals is at 25%. Every 20 years, heterosexual divorce costs taxpayers $2.2 trillion dollars, according to Fox News. Around 80% of heterosexuals are married, which is 245,293,600 people.

Research shows that 95% of LGBT individuals will have a new partner within 20 years. Just 3% of America’s population identify as being gay, lesbian, or bisexual. That would be a total of around 9,483,000 people. Let’s just say that 100% of gay people got married. By taking the cost of a heterosexual divorce, along with a 95% divorce rate, it would cost tax payers $1.1 billion every 20 years.

The notion that the legalization of gay marriage is not going to effect us, is pure unrealistic hogwash.

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  1. Joe

    February 10, 2015 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm

    The “pure unrealistic hogwash” is this article.

    The figures from the Family Research Council go against the figures you quote from the American Family Association. But sure, let’s just pick and choose facts. Let’s assume that the nation’s LGB population really is only 3%. And let’s assume that somehow one-hundred-fucking-percent of gay people got married in some flutter of feathers and lube.

    If you believe ridiculous sources, pick and choose the worst of their figures, then assume every gay American was going to get married, then yes. It would affect you (not “effect” you). It would cost each American 17 cents a year.

  2. Chris

    February 12, 2015 12:21 am at 12:21 am

    95% divorce rate for gays, are you kidding? How can you possibly take the statistic that 95% of gay couples are broken up within 20 years as an expected divorce rate for gay couples? Your methodology for this article is truly pathetic and extremely flawed; let me explain why.

    First of all, that number is very likely the same for heterosexual couples. Think of all the girlfriends or boyfriends, depending on your gender, that you’ve had in high school and college. Those relationships count in that statistic you are citing.

    Second of all, not every relationship results in a marriage. So, of those 95% broken up couples, only a certain percentage of them will have ever gotten married at all. The vast majority of them will have been the typical relationship (for both homosexual and heterosexual couples) which is meeting somebody at a bar or coffee shop, dating a few weeks, finding out that you aren’t that in to them, and then breaking it off. I don’t understand how a relationship like that would cost the state money, but I do understand that it would be included in that 95% statistic you cited.

    Third, we can look at other (real) divorce statistics to see if this is the case. For example, we can look at Massachusetts. They have had legal same-sex marriage for a little over a decade now. If we compare their divorce rates before and after same-sex marriage was made legal we see that your extrapolated divorce statistic is bogus. If your 95% divorce rate for gays is correct, we would expect to see a quick, sharp rise in the divorce rate after same-sex marriage was legalized. That is not what we find. In fact, we find that the divorce rates are lower than before same-sex marriage was legalized which seems to suggest that gays divorce at rates LOWER than heterosexuals. You can read more about that here: http://newsarchive.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=201803 — they discuss several states in fact, not just Massachusetts, and they all tend to show the same trend.

    On a quick side note… personally, I don’t believe that gays overall divorce at a lower rate than straights, but gays will have a lower divorce rate for several years to come. The reason for this is that the majority of gays who are getting married right now, have already been together for 5, 10, 20+ years and their relationships have already withstood the test of time. They just haven’t been allowed to marry until very recently. I believe we will see the divorce rates equalize in the years to come, but I digress.

    Fourth, if you are intending to offer this up as a reason that gays shouldn’t be allowed to wed, it is just not a very good argument. As you stated, straight divorce costs the state lots of money too… more in fact as you also made note of. Is that an argument to restrict marriage to only homosexuals? No, that would be silly!

    Last but not least, you are ignoring how much money the state MAKES from gay marriages. Here is a wonderful article about how gay marriage has brought in $259 million for NYC: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/07/25/money-honey-gay-marriages-bring-in-259-million-for-new-york-city/

    I could continue, but I have thoroughly destroyed this article and your absolutely pathetic attempt at trying to find a negative to legalizing gay marriage. I have to say, this is the first article I read on this website and it will be the last. If the very first article I read on this site is so fraught with holes, I have no confidence in the rest of your publications. I recommend that this article be redacted and the author be fired because this is one of the worst attempts at journalism I have ever seen.

  3. Alex

    February 18, 2015 8:18 pm at 8:18 pm

    Those who support gay marriage are bigots,

    Why should singles pay more taxes than married couples, pay more in college tuition, be subject to different criminal,immigration,family laws,etc

    Would it fair to deny singles the right to adopt,have sex, and have children? After all if you are in favor of marriage, you are in favor of discrimination.

    Why should a person pay more or less taxes or collect SS solely because they are married?

    We should abolish marriage altogether or let folks create independent contracts for themselves.

    Would it be fair to heavily tax married couples compared to singles? Two gay couples who make 250k each would pay additional taxes if they marry, is that fair? They won’t be able to have additional children, a nicer home, college tuition,etc. They would also not be labeled “middle class”. Of course if they live together they can be called “middle class”.

    Obviously not going to happen overnight, but we can start amending and dismantling laws giving preferential treatment. For instance if you a single 18 year old, the government will deny you a pell grant if your parents income is even middle-class and even if they refuse to pay your tuition, but get married and have children, they will give you the pell grant, is that fair?

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