Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW

Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW

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Could Repealing DOMA Improve the Economy?

Thought we were over the equal marriage topic now that we need to wait until June to see what the supreme court decided? NOPE! Think Progress has an interesting article which they recently published on how getting rid of the Defense of Marriage Act could actually boost the economy.

“…striking it down would save far more than ending subsidies to NPR or some of the other “deficit reduction” ideas Republicans have pursued in the past.

Those savings would come from numerous sources. Tax revenues would rise by more than $400 million a year, and though costs on programs like Social Security and federal benefits would increase, costs for safety net programs like Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and other programs would go down.”

It’s a brief article, but when I thought about it, the concept is simply a no brainier… It’s one of those why hadn’t I thought of it moments, but its conclusion is plain and simple:

Striking down DOMA is important primarily to provide LGBT Americans equal protection under the law. But it’s also important because it will benefit the American economy by helping businesses, reducing the deficit, and lifting people out of poverty.

Written By Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer

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