Straight About Gays
Progress such as the U.S. military beginning training forces in February on the new law that allows gays to serve openly and last week's Washington governor coming out in favor of gay marriage in that state, makes its reasonable to raise our expectations of the bigotry hiding behind self-righteous masks. and the timing for this understanding is particularly relevant.
The main subject most people are interested in these days is surviving the recession, getting good jobs, and rebuilding savings and retirement accounts, so let's phrase in economic terms how gay rights are good for the nation. Gays are talented, intelligent , good citizens. They vote, they take part in social activism, they pay taxes, they have strong careers, and they have family values. I define those values as loving the family life. Some even adopt children. They help stabilize the nation with their contributions to build vibrant communities in the arts, sciences, education, military, and virtually all areas that help make this a great nation.
It is difficult to place a dollar amount on the contributions that gays make to our country. And while discriminating against gays certainly hurts them it hurts us as a society even more. For example take gay marriage.
My first question is why is this anybody's business other than that of the couple in love? Studies show that married couples live longer, are happier, and enjoy a more stable life than single people. (That is not to say there is anything wrong with being single either. Your choice.) The quality of life that results from marriage, or just from couples in love, translates into better job performance, increased self esteem with which to strive for higher career goals, and a supportive environment for financial prudence to save up and buy a home, invest wisely, and spend comfortably.Continued on the next page