Now that it is the law of the land, opponents of marriage equality will undoubtedly begin looking for a wide range of social ills they predicted would come true. Of course, none of them have come true in states where marriage equality has been the norm for years. With that, we’ve assembled a list of the top 10 things that aren’t going to happen with nation-wide marriage equality.
1. A collapse of the family unit
Nope, don’t worry about it. Families will be fine. In fact, states with marriage equality have lower divorce rates than those that don’t.
2. General bedlam
4. A lack of child support enforcement funding
5. A surge in the use of the word “salutary”
Not going to happen. In his argument against marriage equality, Gov. Otter claimed that children had a “salutary benefit” of being raised by a heterosexual couple. That argument has been discredited by numerous studies and the word “salutary” has been shamed into the dustbin of history.
6. Idaho will get back the $400,000 it’s spent fighting marriage equality
Nope, that money is gone.
7. Gov. Butch Otter’s name will stop making people laugh
8. Legal chaos
Nope. In fact, there would have been more legal chaos if the court decided gay people do not qualify for equal protection under the law.
9. A hit to Idaho’s economy
Nonsense. In the states that have embraced marriage equality, weddings have meant more business for hotels, wedding venues, caterers, airlines, bakeries, photographers and videographers.
10. An end to the campaign to Add the Words