Not to condon what Bush did (which I did not agree with), but there are reasons outside the realm of morality that would explain why some people would be hesitant to pass laws for homosexual marriage.
Please don't think I am a homophobic bigot for saying this. I have nothing against homosexuality. A lot of my friends are homosexuals. I was personally outraged when one of my friends committed suicide last year because I believe if society would only let him alone he would probably still be alive.
In my mind I have always regarded a marriage certificate as with the same level of importance as a birth certificate. Both certificates allow people to gain substantial rights and privileges from the U.S. government. The birth certificate gives a person the rights of citizenship and the marriage certificate gives a person the rights of matrimony, which are much, much more substantial than people realize. The government gives a lot of financial incentives for people to become married.
The government reserves the right to refuse to give the birth certificate to anyone it thinks would use it to bring citizenship to bring the whole family into the U.S. The government had steadfastly tried to deport immigrant families with heavily pregrant women for the fear the families would deliver the babies in the U.S. for the sole propose of being granted citizenship.
The same thing applies to the marriage certificates. Basically the government regards it as a privilege, not a right. There are many states that require premarital education classes and blood tests in order for people to get married. There are many states in which the burden of proof for the intention of matrimony falls on the couple, not the state.
A marriage costs the government a lot of money. The $40 marriage certificate fee barely covers the paper and the seal. The government promotes marriages between heterosexual couples for the sole reason that it believes the marriages bring stability to the couple and increases the household income. It is a simple quid pro quo equation.
The government believes any investment towards heterosexual couples can be recuperated as long as they stay married for five years or more. The government wants people to stay married for a long time since divorces also cost the government a tremendous amount of money each time it is performed. Some states have repudiated the laws for "no fault" divorces altogether in the hopes of reducing divorce rates and reducing the money they lose with each divorce.
The same marriage principles the states use in their quid pro quo equation cannot be used for homosexual couples. There had been absolutely no studies done on whether homosexual couples would increase or decrease tax revenue and compensate the government for the marital privileges and incentives. There had also been no studies done on how much it would cost the government if tragedy strikes and both parents are not able to care for their adopted children.
It is especially troubling considering that their newly adopted children can be highly unadoptable in the U.S. population because they are often adoptees from Honduras and Venezuela and there is a general stigma against adopting children who were raised by homosexuals.
There should have been no stigma against adopting children who were raised by homosexuals
However, unless society takes care of this problem first, those unfortunate children often become wards of the state, costing the government a tremendous amount f money and being unnecessarily traumatized by society.
So there are a lot of other factors that go into homosexual marriages beside morality, fiduciary and otherwise. I personally believe the government owes us a lot more social studies than we had seen so far. I need to see more social studies done on this subject before I personally can make a decision about this matter.
Again, I want to reiterate my position that I have nothing against homosexuals. Please don't be mad for me saying this. I know this statement would probably be grouped with the statements of homophobes, whom I dispise
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