THE FINANCIAL PENALTY RESULTING FROM SAME-SEX MARRIAGES -- (House of Representatives - May 20, 2004)
(Mr. BACHUS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute, revise and extend his remarks and include extraneous material.)
Mr. BACHUS. Mr. Speaker, an enormous unrevealed financial penalty will result from same-sex marriage recognition, but there has been little discussion. Why is the media looking the other way? Do seniors not have the right to know it will affect their Social Security benefits? Do taxpayers not have the right to know that it will affect their taxes, both State and Federal? Does the public not have the right to know that it means less money for roads, schools, medical research, veterans benefits? In fact, it was the Social Security issue that side-lined a similar proposal in the Canadian Parliament.
What is the cost? I include in the RECORD a GAO report outlining 1,138 Federal programs impacted if same-sex marriages are recognized in this country, an enormous price tag, hundreds of billions of dollars.
The American people have the right to know. We need to discuss this issue. We are going to give benefits to same-sex couples we do not give to Americans caring for disabled and elderly relatives. We are going to give it to same-sex couples who have no children and give them the same benefits we give married couple with several children.
We need to discuss this issue. It is going to cost billions of dollars.