Patterico's Pontifications

6/2/2008

L.A. Times: California Can’t Afford to Vote Against Gay Marriage!

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:23 am

What will it take to save California’s economy?

The L.A. Times has the answer: gay marriage:

Forget economic stimulus checks. Same-sex marriages may give California just the financial boost it needs.

Wedding planners, bakers and hotels began booking more business almost immediately after the state Supreme Court’s May 15 decision overturning a ban on gay marriage. Citing pent-up demand, one UCLA study projects that same-sex unions could provide a $370-million shot in the arm to the state economy over the next three years.

A vote against gay marriage is a vote to tank our economy!

29 Responses to “L.A. Times: California Can’t Afford to Vote Against Gay Marriage!”

  1. Now that’s an achievement. Perhaps California can now try to recapture the Sex Tourism trade that currently goes offshore to places like Thailand. Not only are we outsourcing most of our prostitution to low-paid workers overseas, but think of the carbon footprint of all those businessmen who fly to Asia for sex! California could save our economy and our environment in one stroke!

    Don (2e931f)

  2. Now that’s an achievement. Perhaps California can now try to recapture the Sex Tourism trade that currently goes offshore to places like Thailand. Not only are we outsourcing most of our prostitution to low-paid workers overseas, but think of the carbon footprint of all those businessmen who fly to Asia for sex! California could save our economy and our environment in one stroke!

    What the hell is this?

    Levi (76ef55)

  3. Your cousin.

    JD (75f5c3)

  4. California really has forgotten right from wrong. Wedding cakes as a pillar of the economy? You folks are balmy! Especially those who defend Democrats like Robert Citron.

    PCD (5c49b0)

  5. By Alana Semuels reasoning, why don’t we just throw out all the laws against crack and coke, and while we’re at it, might as well allow child porn. All these “industrys” would put the wedding cake business to shame.

    Rovin (a5d8b7)

  6. Keen minds at work at the LAT.
    If they think a “financial boost” is sufficient justification, then legalize drugs. That will be a $370 million boost per month to the California economy.

    Perfect Sense (b6ec8c)

  7. Much as I hate to say it, same-sex marriage is a done deal. With your fair state about to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples on June 17th, even if the proposed amendment passes, you’ll have thousands and thousands of existing same-sex marriages. If the amendment tries to declare them null and void, it becomes unconstitutional as an ex post facto law. If the amendment exempts existing same-sex marriages from being nullified, you’ll have a system in which the state recognizes existing same-sex marriages but permits no more, a wholy unworkable situation. Californians could — and wuld — get around the prohibition on new SSMs by going to Vancouver, and then returning with valid SSMs.

    Dana R Pico (3e4784)

  8. #7 why would any US state have to give full faith and credit to a Vancouver SSM law? I guess some on SCOTUS would buy into that, but surely not a majority yet.
    And if gays get their way on this issue, what pray tell is their next demand? Should not they also be allowed affirmative action in acceptance to schools and perhaps even reparations for the evil way heteros have treated them in the past? Why should any of us really care what consenting adults are doing in private? Even moonbat Oregonians have decisively turned down SSM laws.

    madmax333 (500598)

  9. Headlines From the Year 2029:

    Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California . White minorities are still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia’s third language.

    Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.

    Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

    Rovin (a5d8b7)

  10. The Governator and the Legislature need to clamp down on all that free porn distributed on the Internet. That way the legitimate porn industry in the San Fernando Valley–formerly aka “Porn Capital of the World” can return to its former levels of production and revenue. You can’t give it away for free and make money! Stop this free stuff on the Internet, and the dollars will flow into the San Fernando Valley again! I demand that the Los Angeles Times and those do nothing legislators in Sacramento take steps to resurrect this vital portion of California’s economy!

    And what the heck, if things go well, the porn industry and its workers might buy some of those tasty “wedding cakes” in West Hollywood and help them out too!

    Mike Myers (31af82)

  11. It’s “for the children”!

    I actually don’t think many gays will choose to marry. California is a community property state, has no fault divorce…living together is so much cheaper, as heterosexuals have found out.

    Patricia (f56a97)

  12. More from the L.A. SLIMES no wonder no one trusts these dirty lying good for nothing left-wing journalsits

    krazy kagu (9312f9)

  13. Mad Max: Does California now recognize heterosexual marriages performed in Canada? If so, and if the state legislature does not enact a law stating that the Golden State will not recognize same-sex marriages performed in Canada, it’s pretty difficult to see how you could refuse to accept such marriages under the court’s current ruling. Nor does it seem likely that your legislature would enact such a restriction, given their recent actions.

    Dana R Pico (3e4784)

  14. Patricia wrote:

    I actually don’t think many gays will choose to marry. California is a community property state, has no fault divorce…living together is so much cheaper, as heterosexuals have found out.

    Yeah, but same sex couples now have a political reason to get married.

    Dana R Pico (3e4784)

  15. Life imitates The Simpsons yet again.
    (Springfield legalized gay marriage specifically to increase their coffers.)

    Viktor (6c107f)

  16. This is really just nonsense, looking at how many gay couples have taken advantage of the various forms of civil partnership and gay marriage in other states, it is pretty clear that there is surprisingly little enthusiasm for marriage in the rank and file gay community.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  17. Wow ! That’s almost ten dollars per resident!

    That should solve all our problems!

    Jersey Jim (72cd04)

  18. they forgot divorce lawyers. 1/2 of hetero marriages end in divorce. i did a lot of divorces back when i practiced law. if the kinsey report was right that 10% of folks are gay, gay marriage should in time result in a 10% biz spike for family law practitioners.

    assistant devil's advocate (4f176b)

  19. If the amendment tries to declare them null and void, it becomes unconstitutional as an ex post facto law.

    No, it wouldn’t. The ex post facto clause applies only in the criminal context.

    Patterico (cb443b)

  20. ADA, there is pretty good evidence that Kinsey was not right.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  21. In the first place, $370 million over 3 years is a drop in the bucket compared to California’s economy.

    In the second place, that $370 million represents money that would have been spent on other things, but now would be spent on weddings. It’s not like 370 mill is going to drop down from the heavens.

    Steverino (9b076f)

  22. No law is ex post facto which with due notice permits a person to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law.

    nk (6c75e0)

  23. *permits* = “allows*, *lets*, *gives a fair chance to*

    nk (6c75e0)

  24. NK, that’s not true, either. Retroactively increasing the penalty of a criminal offense is ex post facto. Charles Manson had due notice to confirm himself to the law, but we still can’t kill him.

    Xrlq (62cad4)

  25. Heh! I think the conduct referred to is the crime which merits the penalty, not the walk to the gas chamber.

    nk (6c75e0)

  26. Do ya think that the UCLA Center for Gay Marriage or whatever it is is perhaps slightly skewing the stats because they are pro-gay marriage? Just a thought.

    Patricia (f56a97)

  27. My lover of 37 years and I are getting married.

    I’d also like to reccomend that all Pattoricans see Chris and Don: A Love Story – a new documentary about world famous L.A. couple Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy that is being released theatrically this month.

    David Ehrenstein (fc61c1)

  28. That’s funny–it hasn’t saved Toronto’s or Ontario’s economy.

    andycanuck (692aff)

  29. 18.I went to UG and med school at IU.Kinsey’s report is pretty widely regarded as a product of a troubled mind.(Among other things,he was big into dilating his urethra with huge objects and stringing himself up by his testis.just saying.(Documentation provided onrequest)

    corwin (0c776a)


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