Alabama lawmaker offers what may be the dumbest anti-gay marriage argument yet

This isn't a competition, Del Marsh

By Luke Brinker
Published February 2, 2015 5:53PM (EST)
  (Alabama Politics Radio)
(Alabama Politics Radio)

We've all grown accustomed to the standard right-wing arguments against marriage equality. We've been warned of a slippery slope toward bestiality, incest, and pedophilia; we've listened to Christian conservatives rail against the sin and depravity of homosexuality; and we've witnessed some conservatives concoct a pseudo-intellectual justification for marriage discrimination. They call it "complementarity," which is really just a less vulgar way of saying "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."

Alabama State Sen. Del Marsh (R) sees yet another reason to oppose marriage equality: Giving same-sex couples equal rights, he says, is simply too expensive.

“You gotta look at the financial aspect of this as well,” Marsh told an Alabama radio host last week, in an interview flagged by Think Progress. “Let’s face it. If gay marriage is approved, I assume that those types of unions, those people would be entitled to Social Security benefits, insurance. Where does it end?”

Marsh, the President Pro Tempore of his chamber, added that he "wondered if the federal government has looked at the actual costs to the government when they look at an issue like this."

It just so happens that they have, as Scott Keyes points out:

Contrary to Marsh’s claim that the financial impact of marriage equality would be devastating, studies have shown that it would be a boon for the economy. Indeed, in 2004 the Congressional Budget Office weighed the potential increased spending on Social Security and other benefits against the increased savings from other programs like Medicare and Medicaid. They found that if all states were to legalize marriage equality, it would boost the federal budget by $10 billion over 10 years. Other reports have found that legalizing marriage equality would improve state budgets as well. The Williams Institute estimates that marriage equality would add $21.7 million to Alabama’s economy over the first three years.

Sorry, senator -- it looks like the same old bigoted arguments will have to suffice.

Listen to the interview below, via Think Progress:

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