I'm 100% okay with the bill that was passed.
I don't care if religious organizations want to wear their bigotry on their sleeve, and it bother me that they're doing so while remaining tax exempt. My whole argument for the legalization of gay marriage was "It doesn't impact you unless you want one." If a pastor doesn't want to perform the ceremony or permit the church he is overseeing to be used to host the ceremony, it only impacts the gay folks who are bent on celebrating their big day in the presence of bigots.
Aside from that, I have yet to hear or read a coherent argument for why allowing gay people to get married affects anybody aside from the gay people getting married. I've heard and read silly slippery-slope arguments, I've heard and read Biblical arguments, but all that are arguments about why a gay marriage is wrong in nature -- none of the bigots have ever been able to explain how somebody else's gay marriage affects them directly.
Gonna set up with the local Siggerson distributor and sell ButtGuards.
I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.
1 employers. If they provide any spousal coverage, they will be forced to offer coverage to gay spouses - even if it violates their individual views on the issue.
2 social security - the costs will certainly increase from opening up benefit sharing.
I really think #1 should be handled legislatively granting private sector employers the freedom to discriminate.
The CBO on the net effect disagrees with you:
The potential effects on the federal budget of recognizing same-sex marriages are numerous. Marriage can affect a person's eligibility for federal benefits such as Social Security. Married couples may incur higher or lower federal tax liabilities than they would as single individuals. In all, the General Accounting Office has counted 1,138 statutory provisions--ranging from the obvious cases just mentioned to the obscure (landowners' eligibility to negotiate a surface-mine lease with the Secretary of Labor)--in which marital status is a factor in determining or receiving "benefits, rights, and privileges."(1) In some cases, recognizing same-sex marriages would increase outlays and revenues; in other cases, it would have the opposite effect. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that on net, those impacts would improve the budget's bottom line to a small extent: by less than $1 billion in each of the next 10 years (CBO's usual estimating period). That result assumes that same-sex marriages are legalized in all 50 states and recognized by the federal government.
The Potential Budgetary Impact of Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages