October 16, 2012
- Watch the new ad from Washington United for Marriage, the pro-equality campaign:
- The Seattle Times discusses the marriage equality campaign in Washington.
- The anti-gay marriage campaign in Washington has been making claims about R74′s effects on business. Washington United for Marriage has issued a press release:
For example, according to the Williams Institute, at the USC School of Law, about 9,500 same-sex couples would marry within the first three years of the law, creating an $88 million boost to the state and local economy, with a $57 million boost the first year alone. In addition, the Institute concludes that those marriages would add $8 million in tax revenue to state and local coffers, with an additional $5 million in the first year. See the full study here.
“To assert that just one social indicator illustrates the fate of a States’ economic strength or weakness is to oversimplify all that should be taken into account to paint a clear picture of a region’s vitality,” said George Allen Senior Vice President for Government Relations for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber regularly reaches out to employers and as such knows full well that fostering an open, inclusive and inviting workforce is one of the pillars to job creation and economic vibrancy.”
Ironically, today’s latest press claim from opponents comes as the Wall Street Journal published a piece on its MarketWatch entitled, “Gay Marriage is a Shot of Adrenaline for the U.S. Economy.” For example, the columnist notes, “…why not try something that brings families together and doesn’t cost the tax payer a dime. In fact, it saves taxpayers money, as it is much cheaper for the IRS to process joint income tax statements than it is to process them individually…More jobs, more tax revenue, less money wasted on the IRS seems like a good deal to me.” See the full article here.
“This is just gobbledygook,” said Zach Silk, WUM’s campaign manager about opponents’claims that states without the freedom to marry fare better economically. “If this were all about static economic charts, then the leading business people and corporate leaders throughout the state would not be standing behind our effort to defend the state’s marriage law and approve Referendum 74. With no one standing with them, I guess the next best thing is to throw some malarkey up against the wall and hope it sticks.”
Read the whole thing here.
- The same tactics from previous ballot initiative fights used by the National Organization for Marriage and other groups have been used again in the Washington campaign. The latest is that the anti-gay campaign is alleging that anti-gay petition signers are subjected to harassment. Evidence is hard to find for these claims, and Washington United for Marriage has issued a fact check.
- Many corporations, including state-based businesses like Starbucks and Microsoft have endorsed marriage equality in Washington.