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Sun Dec 20, 2015, 11:00 AM

Arizona Taxpayers Billed $500,000 for Battle Against Gay Marriage

Arizona taxpayers will pay half a million dollars for the unsuccessful fight against same-sex marriage, the Daily Sun reports:

U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick on Friday approved an agreement by the Attorney General’s Office to pay $300,000 in legal fees and costs to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund for its role in the 2014 lawsuit challenging Arizona’s constitutional provision limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The state also will reimburse the group more than $2,000 in costs.

That comes on top of another $200,000 in legal fees the state already has paid to attorney Shawn Aiken, who had filed his own challenge to the ban. Attorney Jenny Pizer of Lambda Legal suggested the state is getting off easy.

“This reflects, among other things, the quality and efficiency of our work and resulting reasonableness of the hourly rates charged,” she said.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/12/arizona-gay-marriage/

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Sun Dec 20, 2015, 12:08 PM

1. I guess Texas doesn't care what it costs. Two forced births cost taxpayers $720,000.


This is a perplexing dichotomy, where you have people aligning with the New Conservative movement, clashing with their Libertarian core values, and those Libertarian values will rise again, once the damage is done to their state.

Those who can afford birth control and abortions will get them, while those of limited means might get pregnant and be forced to bring that pregnancy to term.


With the average cost to the state's taxpayers, anywhere between $17,500 - $18,500 per year, to educate them through their school years, and the addition costs to provide for daycare services, WIC, SNAP, medicare, school lunches, housing, food stamps, etc.. that many of these deliveries incur. Texas will be on the verge of an economic collapse in the next 20 years.

The approximated costs of a child is abound $18,000 per year, until they reach emancipation.

That results in that $360,000 amount per child. A few years ago, Perry cut back on abortion a few years back, which resulted in 7K more births, or $124 Million a year for Texas taxpayers for 18 years. He immediately reversed that after just one year.


Imagine if there are even more births each year, and that continues for 18 years, by the time the 18th year passes, and all grades have extra and un-projected additional children in them, Texas taxpayers will be on the hook for another $3 Billion in state and local taxes.

At some point, the Libertarian strain of their beings will overpower their zealotry--but that might be well after the fiscal damage is done.


It seems like progressives are not using Libertarian positions against the GOP's fiscal responsibility. I don't know if that because they don't want to seem callous about abortion, placing a price on a 'life' that even the bible states is not a person until delivered and taking of first breath.


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