My Beautiful Wife forwarded me an article about a homosexual couple upset with Dollywood which led me to follow another link here: “Gay nuptials unveil financial boon for NY services” (AP 7/26/2011).
Here’s the first sentence, which well captures the spirit of the piece: “A lot of people are happy to see same-sex marriage legal in New York: lawyers, marriage counselors, insurance agents.”
As I read the article, I began to wonder of the recent decision by NY to allow homosexual “marriage” was motivated at all by the state’s financial woes. That speculation got a boost by this portion of the article: ”
“A May 2011 report by the Independent Democratic Conference on the economic impact of recognizing marriage between same-sex partners in New York state would create $311 million in increased revenue and economic activity during the next three years.
“Married same-sex couples would also be less likely to need or be eligible for assistance since their combined incomes and assets would exceed program thresholds. Therefore, the state could expect a savings of more than $80 million in Supplemental Security Income and other assistance programs.”
Economic hardship can be a blessing in disguise, as those who had been so self-satisfied in their (assumed) ability to provide for themselves (cf. Deut. 8:11-14; Rev. 3:17, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing”) suddenly discover that they are much more dependent on God’s providence and provision than they thought. Yet it can also bring increased temptations, as avenues for monetary gain that were previously off limits morally begin to seem more and more attractive.
I don’t know what role state finances played in NY’s vote, if any. But if the lure of money entered into the decision to further degrade our culture, that would make a lamentable circumstance all the sadder.