Speaker of the House John Boehner just doesn’t get it. Looking for a new excuse to justify his opposition to marriage equality, Boehner suggested yesterday that the effort to end inequality in marriage law is distracting the country from job creation.
“I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” he said. “The President and the Democrats can talk about all this all they want but the fact is that the American people are focused on our economy and they’re asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?'”
Where are the jobs? The jobs are at the weddings, Speaker Boehner.
Weddings drive employment. Most weddings include activities that provide work for a huge number of people, including jewelers, musicians, dress designers, bakers, florists, stationery suppliers and photographers. Then there are all the jobs in the travel industry associated with honeymoon trips. Finally, when reality sets in, jobs for marriage therapists are created in every community across the nation.
Legalize gay marriage, and you’ll provide a ten percent increase in jobs in all these sectors. Still, John Boehner doesn’t want these jobs for America, simply because he has a personal problem with gays and lesbians.
That’s the kind of selfish attitude that the American economy can’t afford.