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In a disconcerting quote, demographer Gary Gates told CNN that “corporate support for the LGBT community largely preceded public support for [gay marriage]. Corporate America perceived that there was a big consumer market.”
This was exactly what I warned against, writing last year that “the corporate sector is going full-speed ahead” in trying to turn the community of gender, sexual, and radical diversity “into a market so they can get millions [and billions] of dollars in profits,” an expansion of the “specific market” that exists for this community.
All in all, such marketing is not a surprise considering that “a number of the nation’s most recognizable brands are behind all of the concerts, parades, and rainbow flags…[since the] decision to promote gay rights is simply good business sense” and that Pride festivals and parades are a market in and of themselves.
Considering that the corporate community benefits from gay marriage and that they perceive (mostly) the gay and lesbian communities to be a market, it may be time to question gay marriage itself.
There is a lot of hullabaloo about gay marriage in recent days, mainly because of the decision by the Supreme Court that it would not hear appeals from states defending their bans on gay marriage. Cliff Weathers claimed that this ruling would allow marriage in eleven more states, meaning that 30 states in the US currently allow gay marriage.
Based on this, it is no surprise that Scott Hamilton, the executive director of the Cimarron Alliance Equality Center, would claim that the “excitement in the [LGBTQ+] community is extraordinary. We have some individuals of course who have been waiting decades for this, and they’re anxious to get married just as quickly as they can find a judge to do it.”
This excitement is somewhat questionable, considering, as professor Suzanne Goldberg pointed out, “an explanation for the Court’s cert. denial does not address the depressing result for many same-sex couples who had hoped for an end to the harms they suffer by being treated as legal strangers in their home states,” nor does the ruling end “the suffering of same-sex couples who live in places where they are prevented from marrying or having their marriages recognized.”
It is clear, to bring come back to the question proposed by the title of this article, that the fight for marriage is not over. After all, there is a so-called “marriage market” as Pew Research Center calls it, weirdly enough.