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.



At 1:37 PM, Blogger Karmachrome said...

Which state was it that repealed their ban because of businesses pulling out? I seem to remember the economic dent to that state's coffers was around 1.2 billion dollars. Any confirmations/clarifications?

At 4:40 PM, Blogger David Schowengerdt said...

No state has ever repealed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex civil unions and marriage. However, in 2004 Cincinnati voters repealed a ban (by 54%-46%) in their city charter that prohibited the ability of the city council to pass a law forbidding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In 1993 Cincinnati voters were the ones who approved the original ban in the charter by over 60%. A good example of how times have changed in a not so long period of time. Anyway, over the years the ban did hurt the city's economy by tens of millions of dollars.

Not surprisingly, the city council passed a law this year prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation...and also not surprisingly, a conservative group is trying to repeal the new law. Not likely given the vote in 2004.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

Thanks for that, David. The Cincinnati Convention Bureau estimates it lost $45 million dollars in revenue while the amendment to the city's charter was in effect (which I also mentioned in this post).


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