The conservative [hate] group Minnesota for Marriage released a video the other day that supposedly answers the question, “Won’t the Marriage Protection Amendment damage Minnesota’s economy because gays and lesbians will shun our state?”
Aside from wanting to punch Kalley Yanta's lights out, I'm wondering if anyone can speak to the specific allegations in that video; particularly the claim that states with marriage amendments that exclude non-heterosexuals perform better economically. The ranking for the Best States for Business comes from a May 3, 2011 survey of 550 CEOs published in Chief Executive Magazine:
According to this list, it'd seem that the states with the "best economic performance" as well as marriage amendments to their constitutions (North Carolina and Indiana do not have one) are also the states with the worst records on human rights, and (not surprisingly) are the most religious. So apparently the more bigoted your state is, the better it will fare economically? There's always something that they leave out in order to make their case. The only way we can fight legislation like this is to fight facts with more accurate facts.
Getting ready for work, so a more reasoned response from me will have to come later when I'm tired, grouchy, and disillusioned from the work day. And after taking my blood pressure pill.
First thoughts, even though it would be nice to say "good human rights = good business = good economy" I doubt a linkage there. I imagine places that are bad for employees can be very good for businesses - keep benefits minimal, salaries low, fire older employees before they accrue retirement benefits, fire pregnant employees to reduce expenses and child care, keep hours long, don't invest in workplace safety, don't allow breaks. Let's move to China, everyone! Very good for business. I don't know the basis for the rankings. Could we play other correlation games and look at # of prisoners executed and business friendliness? Crime rates? I don't know.
Somehow, I can't believe "Chief Executive Magazine" is worker-friendly. A low corporate tax rate and minimal environment standards, exclusion of unions, would probably improve a state's ranking on that survey.
I know LGBT supporters have made opposite economic arguments. They always seemed strained to me. Right is right, wrong is wrong. Discrimination is wrong. Minnesota is becoming the new Alabama. Welcome Governor Bachmann. If Minnesotans are willing to throw LGBT people under the bus for vague, probably false economic benefits, who will they throw under the bus next? Of course, Californians did the same thing already, and we are probably gearing up for the same bullshit in WA state.
I imagine there must be an economic boom now to be spokes-troll for bigoted groups like NOM and Minnesota (against) Marriage. If I never see Yanta or Gallagher again it will be too soon.