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Gay or Straight, Marriage Gets Pricier

    • It’s less costly to stay single and every 10 years find a woman you don’t particularly like and give her 50% of everything you own. OK, that’s a bad joke, but what is the incentive to get married?

    • Allowing more people to get married would definitely boost the economy… I got married in January and was surprised at how much everything cost! I think caterers double their prices as soon as the word “wedding” pops out of your mouth.

    • “some experts say these couples could put more money into the economy over time, due to long-term savings from filing joint tax returns” — Who are these experts?

      Almost all couples pay more in income taxes – sometimes tens of thousands of dollars a year – if they marry! Tax brackets for married couples are smaller, many deductions and exemptions are per-return not per person, and unmarried people can qualify for single head-of-household status.

      The only married couples who get a big break are same-sex couples in community property states. Because the Federal government doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage (yet) but must respect state community property laws, they get to divide their income 50/50 and file two single (or single head-of-household) returns – which saves money in every case. But this is available only to same-sex couples.

    • Perhaps without realizing it (I can only give the benefit of the doubt, but can’t be certain), politicians have made marriage a perilous minefield. This is especially the case for men. No wonder so many people these days opt out.

      But don’t think living together is the solution. Many states treat living together as if you are married, so when you split up, it is like going through a divorce as far the finances go. The less monied person can sue for half the assets and even something akin to alimony. It’s nuts!

      Makes me wonder why gay people are so interested in marriage. Seems to me that in most respects, they can create a less risky mutual arrangement and still have a committed partnership.

    • Don’t be hoodwinked.

      Gays set up the straw man of “gay marriage.”

      While we argue against gay marriage many people have come to accept that the practice of gay sodomy is not a perversion and a great evil causing millions of dollars—and deaths—to all of mankind.

      The Bible mentions 122 abominations. Only one warrants the death penalty: gay sodomy.

      Columbia University Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Robert Spitzer, who was instrumental in removing homosexuality in 1973 from the American Psychiatric Association’s list of mental disorders, wrote a more recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. He contended that people can change their “sexual orientation” from homosexual to heterosexual.

      Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a clinical psychologist in California and author of Healing Homosexuality who was president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), the country’s largest organization for practitioners of ex-gay therapy. …hundreds of people who were now able to live “normal” lives.

      Frank Bruni in the NY Times (January 2012):
      The exact dynamics through which someone winds up gay are “still an open question,” said Clinton Anderson, the director of the LGBT Concerns Office of the American Psychological Association. “There is substantial evidence of various connections between genes, brain, hormones and sexual identity…”

      In Cuba everyone who tested positive for H.I.V. was forced into quarantine. The population of Cuba is only slightly larger than that of New York City. In the three decades of the global AIDS epidemic, 78,763 New Yorkers have died of AIDS. Only 2,364 Cubans have.
      —“A Regime’s Tight Grip on AIDS” by Donald G. McNeil Jr. NYT May 7, 2012

      It is an erroneous free choice—same as transgenders, man-child love, incest, bestiality, etc. What would you do with a mother who wishes to marry her consenting adult son? It’s not “Anything Goes.”

      There is still hope.

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    • What a poorly written and poorly researched article. 4 of the 5 examples have to do directly with divorce (not marriage) or where divorce is the root cause.

      And nowhere does it mention that two spouses earning the same wages have an effective income tax rate highere than if they remained single.

      What is it with SmartMoney? I’d expect this from a grocery store tabloid.

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