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It’s Not Special If Everyone Can Have It

Jim Burroway

June 1st, 2007

The Washington Blade reports that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will support domestic partner benefits for gay employees in the next state workers’ union contract. Concerned Woman Matt Barber thinks that move will cheapen marriage for everyone else:

[Barber] contends that domestic partner benefits devalue traditional marriage much the same way introducing counterfeit money into commerce devalues the dollar. “[When] you water down something enough, eventually it becomes unrecognizable,” he asserts, “and we have counterfeit marriage here; we have the government subsidizing counterfeit marriage.”

I’m terribly sorry to learn that Barber’s marriage is devalued by domestic partner benefits. Who knew the value of marriage was subject to the laws of supply and demand?

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Michael Ditto
June 1st, 2007 | LINK

Gay people are 3% of the population. Let’s say 2/3 of them would get married if it were legal.
By my calculations, assuming gay marriage have no value whatsoever, that makes marriage just about 2% cheaper. Who couldn’t live with that?

Mumei
June 3rd, 2007 | LINK

I know that according to the exit polls in 2004, 4% identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. I do have some questions, though.

Do gay, lesbian, or bisexual people vote at about the same rate as the average? Or more? I’m assuming not less, but I could always be wrong. And should we assume that, say, 65 – 85% (those are COMPLETELY arbitrary numbers with no basis in anything at all) of the gay, lesbian, and bisexual population are open enough about their sexuality to identify as such in an exit poll?

I’m assuming that all this means that anything from a 3 – 6% estimate is fairly reasonable, until we can find a better gauge… right?

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