Property Grunt

Friday, May 29, 2009

Gay Marriage: It isn't what they say it is

Oh, bulls**t

There has been a ton a controversy regarding the California Supreme Court holding up Proposition 8.

Let's not forget the lip flapping over Ms. California being against gay marriage because it does not fit the definition of marriage and then having very revealing pictures of herself posted online.

Those videos posted above are talking about rights and the children being destroyed by gay marriage.

In other words they are having a Helen Lovejoy moment.

I wish these idiots just be honest and tell truth why they are against gay marriage. Because it is only about two things: MONEY AND POWER!

In real estate, the gay community is considered to be one of the forces of gentrification because of two reasons.

1. They can live anywhere because they are fearless.

2. They have a ton of disposable income.

Legalizing gay marriage would give them access to the same benefits that heterosexual couples get which are the following:

From The myth of the marriage penalty
* Workplace health and pension benefits coverage. While some
companies offer health coverage to domestic partners, this benefit
is typically taxable as income. When spouses are covered, the
benefit is tax-free.

* Social Security retirement and survivor benefits. A husband or
wife is entitled to one-half of the spouses Social Security
benefits and to additional benefits in the event of death.

* Lower insurance rates. Married people usually get a discount on
auto insurance and may pay less for other types of insurance.

* Automatic inheritance rights. Die without a will, and your spouse
gets your stuff. In many states, the surviving spouse has a legal
right to at least one-third to one-half of your estate.

* Preferential estate tax treatment. The $1 million estate tax
limitation doesn't apply to married people: you can leave an
unlimited amount to a spouse without owing one penny of estate
tax. In certain states, this benefit is multiplied by special
capital-gains tax treatment for homes and other assets held by
married couples as community property.

Now if the gay and lesbian community get these rights, then the government is going to have to say good bye to a lot of that tax revenue. A number of industries will see their costs go up because they would have to provide benefits to married same sex couples

Would Gay Marriage Help the State Economy?

But, at the same time, the analysis also determined that the cost to businesses of providing benefits like health insurance to married same-sex couples would be about $69 million over three years, with about $37 million of that paid by businesses in New York City.

However there is a very positive side to gay marriage.

A new analysis by the New York City comptroller’s office has concluded that the state’s economy would gain up to $210 million over the next three years if same-sex marriage becomes legal.

As for the power, remember the late great Sonny Bono? After his death, his widow took over his position in Congress. If Sonny was gay and had a partner instead of a wife, do you think that partner would have been able to finish out Bono's term. Hells no. Keeping marriage straight shuts out the gay community out of certain spheres of authority allowing others to benefit.

There are certain parties who are going to fight tooth and nail so they have access to that disposable gay income and be able to keep the leverage they have over others. They are not who you think they are. It is not a bunch of bumpkins fighting against gay marriage. It is people with copious amounts of juice. It is not by accident that during the Presidential debates that Obama stated that he was against it. This is a man who was backed by David Geffen. Geffen is one of the most powerful homosexuals in Hollywood which might as well be the world.

When Geffen was interviewed about Obama, he stated the following.

“After I heard him give that speech, I called him up and said, ‘You’re going to run for president and I’m going to support you.’” Geffen said.

You do not go against someone like David Geffen, especially when he has pretty much politically bankrolled your campaign unless you have a really good reason.

However, I think it might be all for naught. I believe it was back in the late 80's or early 90's, a friend of a family member told a very interesting story about working at Disney. It was announced by Disney HR that all benefits would now be extended to the partners of gay employees which was unheard of back at that time. Contrary to what you see on television and movies, Disney has a well earned reputation being quite stringent with their policies. In other words it is the Disney way or doomsday. So why did Disney take such a revolutionary step? If Disney had not done that there would have been a massive brain drain in their creative departments because they were predominately staffed by gay people. That would have crippled Disney's productivity.

I can sum it up with this picture below.

This is just the beginning folks.