The (Inexcusably High) Cost of Fighting History

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Abby Zimet

A reminder that the historic SCOTUS ruling on DOMA was not just a legal, moral and cultural big deal, but a financial one as well. Within hours of the ruling, the Pentagon, State Department and other federal agencies quickly moved to extend benefits to same-sex partners, and analysts estimated other same-sex couples will save millions. Meanwhile, Democrats ripped GOP leadership for wasting millions to save DOMA, citing Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing it would reduce the deficit by $450 million a year or save taxpayers up to $10 billion. With a 30-second summary of what the ruling means for us all.

“It’s very expensive to fight history." - Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.

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