It still doesnít pay to be gay

Written by by Kurt St. Angelo


It still doesnít pay to be gay by Kurt St. Angelo

From my legal perspective, I seerepparttar issue of gay marriages or civil unions as one of civil rights.

The federal governmentís civil rights laws prohibit discrimination against people based on race, age, or gender. So how can state legislatures legally discriminate against a class of people Ė homosexual couples Ė based onrepparttar 125857 sameness of their gender?

Having raised this question for intellectual purposes only, Iíve got to admit that Iím not a big fan of civil rights, and I donít defend them. In spite of their egalitarian motivations, they are a misnomer.

Civil rights are neither civil nor rights. They are privileges bestowed by government on one group of people, which always come atrepparttar 125858 expense ofrepparttar 125859 equal rights of others.

Marriage privileges are civil rights. Both government and business give married people perks thatrepparttar 125860 rest of us donít get and that we largely subsidize. Licensed married people get preferential tax rates, better employee benefits and legal protections. Advocates of gay marriages or civil unions want these privileges of marriage extended to gay couples.

I canít say that I do Ö and itís not because Iím against anyoneís sexual preferences. I donít want government bestowing more privileges upon anyone.

Heck, if gay couples get civil-marriage rights, there will be one fewer disfavored class of people to subsidizerepparttar 125861 taxes and insurance rates of married heterosexuals. How fair will that be on singles like me and ordinary cohabitants?

Itís one thing to exercise our natural rights to marry under God. Itís another to force others who are unlicensed to subsidize our behavior, hetero or otherwise.

We would be best to dismantle special interest privileges, not add to them. Besides, I wouldnít wish government privileges upon anybody. They come with too much government servitude and accountability.

Marriage licenses grantrepparttar 125862 state power to divide marital assets according torepparttar 125863 whims ofrepparttar 125864 General Assembly. I donít understand why gay couples would want their relationship subject to our state legislators.

Ultimately Iíd like to see all licensed people freed from their unnecessary commitments to government. This would include not only licensed married people, but also licensed attorneys, doctors, electricians and sports trainers.

The government can no more certifyrepparttar 125865 quality of doctors or lawyers through licensing than it canrepparttar 125866 quality of marriages or civil unions.

Donít let government build an obsolete stadium

Written by Kurt St. Angelo


Donít let government build an obsolete stadium by Kurt St. Angelo @2005 Libertarian Writers' Bureau

About 21 years ago I was one ofrepparttar several thousand who publicly greeted then-owner Robert Irsay atrepparttar 125856 Hoosier Dome when he brought his Colts franchise to town.

Itís hard now to believe thatrepparttar 125857 city of Indianapolis Ė with help of a county-wide hospitality tax granted byrepparttar 125858 state General Assembly and a generous $25 million grant fromrepparttar 125859 Lilly Endowment Ė built an $82 million, 63,000-seat professional football stadium on pure speculation, without having a team to play in it.

Less than 13 years later, byrepparttar 125860 time it was politically acceptable to mention it, Coltsí owner Jim Irsay appeared on national television to call for a new publicly funded stadium. As then-chairman ofrepparttar 125861 Libertarian Party of Marion County, I publicly denounced this idea. I asked how an $82 million public works project could become obsolete shortly more than a decade after it was built.

The straight and fundamental answer is thatrepparttar 125862 RCA Dome was built by three entities that had no experience inrepparttar 125863 business of professional football: a local government, a state government and a tax-exempt foundation.

Why should we have expected anything but a no-frills building, one that had too few luxury suites and too few fancy club seats to turn an NFL team moderately profitable inrepparttar 125864 modern age?

Relying onrepparttar 125865 usual experts lacking imagination and foresight, government built a facility that was too small, and was neither expandable nor convertible. Worse, it tiedrepparttar 125866 project to special interest groups, such as downtown parking-lot owners.

Butrepparttar 125867 main problem with government-built stadiums likerepparttar 125868 RCA Dome is that no one is really accountable forrepparttar 125869 decisions oncerepparttar 125870 stadiums turn out to be inappropriate. The William Hudnut administration, which builtrepparttar 125871 Dome and broughtrepparttar 125872 Colts to town, was long gone beforerepparttar 125873 inadequacies ofrepparttar 125874 facility become apparent.

For example,repparttar 125875 RCA Dome has always been small by NFL standards. However, since adding extra luxury suites and club seats in 1998,repparttar 125876 Dome isrepparttar 125877 NFLís smallest with 57,500 seats.

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