State Journal on the Economic Impact
The Wisconsin State Journal today editorialized against the civil unions and marriage ban citing the negative impact it could have on buisness in Wisconsin. Earlier this week, Downtown Madison, Inc. passed a resolution against the ban for the same reason.
From today's State Journal:
Indeed, the proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage and civil unions would post a "gays unwelcome" sign on Wisconsin's borders. With the state's businesses already complaining of shortages of skilled employees, making Wisconsin less attractive to a population of willing workers is a bad idea.It goes on:
Gays would suffer practical and costly consequences. The constitutional ban would ensure that gay couples were cut out of nearly 200 legal benefits and protections that Wisconsin affords to married couples.
Those benefits include the abilities to receive the medical records of a spouse, to seek worker's compensation claims if a spouse dies and to transfer real estate between spouses without a fee.
In addition, the ban could discourage employers from offering gay employees benefits, such as health insurance, that cover their partners.
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