New CNBC Study Shows Nine of Top Ten Business Friendly States Have Marriage Protection Amendments In Their Constitution
CNBC report, one of several, that exposes the myth that passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment will damage Minnesota’s economy.
Minneapolis, MN – A new CNBC study of America’s Top States for Doing Business also shows that nine of the top ten business friendly states have marriage protection amendments in their constitution. CNBC “scored all 50 states on 51 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness.” The top ten states from 1-10 included Texas, Utah, Virginia, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Georgia. Although Wyoming was the only state without a Marriage Protection Amendment, gay marriage is prohibited in all ten states. Minnesota was ranked eleventh.
The study dramatically refutes recent claims by Marriage Protection Amendment opponents that the proposed amendment would damage Minnesota’s economy because those in the so-called “creative class” would shun Minnesota if passed.
“The claim that the passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment will hurt Minnesota’s economy is a complete myth,” said John Helmberger, Chairman of Minnesota for Marriage. “If anything, the opposite is true. The CNBC study is yet another in a string of studies that consistently show states with a marriage protection amendment in their constitution are among our top performing economic states.”
“The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment makes no change to our existing law and thus would have no impact on our economy. It simply puts our current definition of marriage beyond the reach of activist judges and politicians to change it without the consent of the voters,” said Helmberger.
“However, to the extent that economic performance is related to marriage the evidence suggests that promoting marriage and family will benefit the Minnesota economy. According to a study by the Social Trends Institute, marriage and family have a tremendous effect on the economy – and government and corporations should take bold steps to encourage each if they want to remain economically fit.”
The report, “Sustainable Demographic Dividend: What Do Marriage and Fertility Have to Do With the Economy?” concludes that family decisions, like marriage, are closely intertwined with economic growth and profitability of large sectors of an economy. The report emphasized that children, raised in married, mother-father families have an advantage when it comes to acquiring the skills and social capital they need to become well-adjusted, productive workers.
“Children, raised in married, mother-father families play a huge factor in the health of the economy because they consume many services and goods, especially in child care, groceries, health care, home maintenance, household products, insurance and juvenile products,” concluded Helmberger.