It's all the rage to tell what you think about gay marriage these days, so I figured I'd throw my two cents in. Of course, nobody cares what I think, but that's beside the point.
First, I think the whole "marriage" thing is silly. Yes, I am married, and yes, I love being married. But I shouldn't have to pay a tax to get married. I should be allowed to live with whomever I want to for however long I want to, and choose to stop doing so whenever I like. I think the government should stay out of my bedroom.
In fact, I think marriage licenses should expire after X number of years (you can get a 1-year, 3-year, 5-year, 10-year, or lifetime marriage license). When the license expires, you're no longer married, and you can choose to renew (or not). If you want to split up before the license expires, you have to get divorced (another tax). If you want to generate tax revenue, that's the way to do it, not make people get married just once (per marriage).
What's that you say? Getting a marriage license isn't a tax? Why, yes indeed it is! Marriage is no longer a religious "institution". If it were, then it would be like getting baptised; you would only do it in a church, or as part of a church activity. Since you are not required to get married in a church, or be married by clergy, but you pay the state/county for a marriage license, it is a TAX.
That being said, I'm a believer that all people should be taxed equally. I'm also a supporter of equal rights for everyone. That means that you (and your group) are NOT special, sorry. But, neither is mine - and I belong to a few of them...but I digress.
So, if I have to pay a tax to get married, and pay another tax if I want to get divorced, why not tax LBGT folks as well? I don't think they're special. Gay people are going to live together as a family and raise children and break up and do all the same things straight people do when they're a couple. If they want a piece of paper to say they're "married" why not let them pay the tax too?
If state governments were smart (ha!), they would pass laws saying that "anyone willing and over the age if n" is allowed to get married. Think of the money that could be generated by this tax base - and people willingly (and happily) pay this tax! How in the world is this a bad thing?
Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think about this. If you quote the Bible or mention religion, your comment will be deleted. This is an intellectual debate, not a religious one. I'm sure most of us straight people are going to Hell for something anyway* ;-).
*I don't believe in Hell. Or Heaven.