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Same-sex couples prefer marriage to domestic partnerships, economist testifies

An economist told a federal court today that 18,000 same-sex couples were married in California in 2008, but only 2,077 couples formed a domestic partnership while gay marriage was legal.

"It shows that same sex couples prefer marriage by a wide margin over domestic partnerships," said M.V. Lee Badgett, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Opponents of Proposition 8 called Badgett to the stand during the trial over the federal constitutionality of the 2008 ballot initiative, which reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage.

Badgett also testified that only 5% of same-sex couples registered as domestic partners in the first year that California offered such arrangements, but in less than six months of legalized same-sex marriage in 2008 about 21% of same sex couples were married.

Badgett estimated that California could earn an additional $40 million in wedding-related tax revenue over three years if the  state permitted gays and lesbians to marry.

During a cross-examination that last substantially longer than the testimony, Charles Cooper, an attorney defending Proposition 8, pointed out that the state said in 2008 election materials that Proposition 8 would have no financial impact.

Cooper also tried to show that predictions by Badgett in other studies were inflated. Badgett replied that some of those estimates were made before circumstances changed.

Cooper also read from Badgett's work about the difficulties of categorizing people by sexual orientation. In his questions, Cooper observed that some who engage in same-gender sex identify themselves as heterosexual or bisexual while others who have not had same-sex intimate relationships call themselves gay.

Badgett said there also were difficulties in categorizing people by race and religion.

Both sides clashed over whether the legalization of gay marriage in the Netherlands in 2001 affected overall marriage rates there. Cooper noted that marriage rates have declined significantly in recent years, but Badgett said the decline began well before same-sex marriage became legal.

--Maura Dolan at the San Francisco federal courthouse

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Is it possible now that God has presumably 'visited' Haiti, according to Pat Robertson, in retribution for their former pact made with Satan; that now California is in His sights to lay down a warning? What, you think Robertson fabricated the event?
It IS a historical fact that Haiti's independence from France is rooted in that pact with the devil made on August 14, 1791 by a group of voodoo priests led by a former slave named Boukman at a place called Bois-Caiman, and the tree under which a black pig was sacrificed in this ceremony is still a shrine in Haiti. Annual voodoo ceremonies are conducted every August 14 at this site, effectively renewing this covenant with darkness each summer. An iron statue of a black pig stands today in Port-au-Prince to commemorate the Boukman contract with the devil.
During the ceremony in 1791, a priestess was possessed by a spirit called Ezili Dantor and it was this spirit who received the offering of the black pig.
Hundreds of the Haitian slaves drank the pig's blood and pledged to exterminate all the white Frenchmen on the island, while Boukman asked for Satan's help in liberating Haiti from their French overlords. Hmmmn, some very darkly ominous considerations about this? Present day down Devils Island way; the Dominican Republic is flourishing, Haiti, is steeped in despair? Hmmmn again?
However, the Devil pact wasn't all bad; 'we' (Amerika) got to buy another satanically saturated French real estate as a result, Louisiana. Lots of dark worship, magic, hoodoo, voodoo.... oh and famous homosexual free-for-all conduct down there too. Hmmmn, "God, you didn’t smack down that terrible Katrina stuff on poor ole’ New Orleans, did you?"
Fast forward 219 years to Californicated Amerika, the land of the self-absorbed, the home of 'Homosexuals Gone Wild' (Prop 8) and master race eugenics (abortion) on demand for the unborn.
This 4-5 storm string seems uniquely powerful and the timing couldn't be less of a wake-up call coming right following so many devastating fires. More hmmmn?
Damn, that's a lot of "Hmmmning" just for these couple of events. We haven't even speculated on wider spread shaking, moving, earth spewing and various other catastrophes.
Is it remotely possible that a higher order of Spirit, you know, the Spirit that granted humanity the miracle of being, that many so wantonly waste, might be thoroughly pissed with the twisted antics of human insanity? Hmmmn?
Nah, you PC educated thinkers of earth know that that's just some warmed over Neanderthal, superstitious drivel. Right… hmmmn?

People do tend to prefer equality to second-class status. What else is new?

With our laws, it is understandable that same-sex couples want "marriage." Why not make some gummint lawyer happy by sending him on a trip to Germany to learn how their laws are written -- then write ours in a similar manner? It would be nice to get religion out of our official domestic affairs.

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