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Tuesday Talk: How will marriage equity make MN more competitive?

May 14, 2013 By Joe Sheeran, Communications Director

It appears Minnesota will make history by recognizing same sex marriages, a policy in which the state has trailed the private sector. Many Minnesota companies have been offering same-sex benefits for a generation, feeling it will help them attracts the best and brightest workforce.

From an economic policy standpoint, how will marriage equity make Minnesota a more competitive state? 

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9 Comments:

  • Tom Larsen says:

    May 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

    It will be that no-brainer basic equality and liberty is made more perfect…..and we can get on with real problems like universal healthcare and rapid transition away from fossil fuels. It may make us more cooperative, than competitive….which is a better thing.

  • Sue B says:

    May 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I’m sure there will be many economic benefits for the state now that Minnesota has marriage equality, but right now, I just want to say thank you to those who worked so hard on this issue, and to the legislators who had the courage to vote for this bill, knowing that they will probably be targeted in the next election.
     
    Today is my 45th wedding anniversary, and I think it’s about time that same-sex couples will finally have the same rights that my husband and I have had all these years…among them, the pursuit of happiness!

  • Bernice Vetsch says:

    May 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Some time ago, I heard Michele Bachmann speak against gay marriage because “they” (the minority) would get more benefits and “we” (the majority) would therefore get less.

    The state and the country may just have to get used to giving same-sex couples the benefits others get.  In a way, it’s actually the end of a cost-saving that should not have been rather than an increase in cost. 

    Economically, our income taxes will no doubt rise a little but,in the process, we shall help achieve fairness for our gay friends and neighbors.

  • Frank says:

    May 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Tis a day to CELEBRATE!  After 30+ years of marriage, the missus & me are frankly tired of hogging it all to ourselves.  And now, after 25 years together, our two loving-but-never-allowed-to-Marry neighbors can tie the knot.  Since one of them is an ordained minister, I hope his church will join the Minnesota Legislature in recognizing the obvious Right Thing to Do!

  • Lee says:

    May 16, 2013 at 9:56 am

    The day that gay marriage was approved in Minnesota was a sad day for many people in this state. I am not against the people who want to have a civil union with another person of the same sex, that is their personal decision.  The fact that the state of Minnesota puts in into law tells me that I need to condone the action as being OK and as a born again christian it is not acceptable.

  • Ron Leurquin says:

    May 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    While I’m glad this bill passed, and hopefully it will be over with.  then again many thought that of abortion too.

    Anyhow, my take is that ‘marriage’ if accepted as a ‘religious’ event, then it should be kept out of my governement.  MN would have no reason to recognize ‘marriage’ then since its a ‘religious institution, and we still ahve separation of state and religion in MN.  Some (few) religions allow for ‘marriage’ between same sex couples, so denying this would be a conflict of governement recognizing some religions over others.

    That said, I really wish it were feasible to stop recognzing ‘marriage’ and only recognize civil unions when it comes to legal issues of estates, custody, who gets what at divorce, etc.  Unfortunately too many (far too many) laws have marriage and wife/husband in them as recognitions.

    As for Lee’s comment about christianity, Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.  And if you take the time to read your ENTIRE bible, you will find many examples of marriage that are not ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN.  And what does your bible say of divorce?  My recolection is that Moses set up some guide lines on it that allowed for it under only some circumstances, and only the man was allowed to divorce his wife, not the other way around.  Shall we go back to that standard in divorce proceedings then too since you seem tow ant all of us to abide by your flavor of Christianity?

    To those of you not happy about this on religious grounds, keep in mind my religion may not have the same stance as yours.  So why should MY state have to abide by your religious standards and not mine?

    I’ll step down from my soap box now.

  • Lee says:

    May 17, 2013 at 11:25 am

    To answer Ron, yes I have read the bible. I don’t intend to push my beliefs on others, I only want to point out that the bible is specific regarding the apparent sexual lifesyle of the gay community. Romans Chapter 1:26-27 “God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the Men instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with desire with each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.” (Some translations say “They will destroy them selves”)

    This is one of the examples that speak biblically to the issue of condoning the gay and lesbian lifestyle.

  • Ron Leurquin says:

    May 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Ah yes, Romans.

    Back to the original question, YES, this will make MN more competitive.  It shows that there is more tollerance of other lifestyles.  It will give people seeking more tollerance, be they gaay or staight an ability to move here and enjoy that tollerance.

    Somewhere in MN a city or several will realize they can become a mecca for weddings and become the Decorah of MN.

    And now gays have the right to enjoy the same legal benefits to thier relationships the heteros have enjoyed for many years.  They will be able to see thier partners in the hospital and make medical decisions for them when they are unable.  They will be able to inherit without being taxed to death.
    I could go on as there are like 1400 legal benefits that the heteros have enjoyd that the gays were denied becuase they were not able to be married.

    Not all taht many years from now a whole new area of law will emerge to deal with gay divorce and all the issues that go with divorce.

    Of course there are those that think MN will become some cespool of humanity now that weve allowed such deboucherous activity to be legal here; but that has yet to happen in any of the other states that have legalized gay marriage.

  • Bernice Vetsch says:

    May 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    The Bible was written by (and for) members of an entirely different culture in a time long before the scientific advances in knowledge of our own.  If we were to follow its every word, slaves would still be “obeying their masters” and wives their husbands.

    Not long ago, it was illegal in many states for persons of different races to marry, and women were considered inferior to men in ability and intelligence.  In the 19th Century women covered up their ankles lest they be considered immodest and wore bulky clothing to keep their bodies covered when they went swimming.

    Jesus’s essential message was to “Love one another as I have loved you.”  All else seems open to change with time, including the now proven fact that gay persons are born with a genetic difference that determines their sexual preference.