This data, from 2009, illustrates how some of us have to pay a pretty big price for being who we are - for being something we were just born with.
I've taken a cluster of different graphs from an article in NYT, http://goo.gl/oA2T9, and compiled them into the graphic below.
Beyond the emotional costs, beyond the sometimes physical costs, there is an amazing financial cost to being a gay couple. Some of the impacts on health insurance, social security, estate taxes, having a child, IRA are below. The article also include tax prep, financial planning etc.
There is one exception. Gay couples pay less in income taxes! Not enough to overcome all the other costs, but still one must look for silver linings. :)
I have zero doubt that the Supreme Court is going to strike down the CA ban, that in turn will impact 7 other states instantly. As for the 30 others, my prediction is that in less than 24 months all that will be gone as well.
My country aspires for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We will get everyone there. We shall overcome.
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