Economic discrimination is one of the negative results of the ban on gay marriage upheld in every state except for Massachusetts and Connecticut. Personal finance expert Suze Orman's Valentine's Wish was for gay couples to no longer experience this blatant injustice:
...when it comes to money, marriage is such a privilege. You will save thousands, tens of thousands of dollars, all kinds of money, if you're allowed to be married. Which is why, in my opinion, it is such a travesty that a few months ago Proposition 8 in California passed. Proposition 2 in Florida passed. What is that about everybody? We are taking away a birthright, if you ask me, for people to get the most out of the money that they have spent their lives working. Those people are making money, they pay taxes on the money. Every single one of us deserves to have the same financial benefits whether we are gay or whether we are straight. And therefore we have got to do everything we can to turn that around. Every single one of use deserves to be loved. Every single one of us deserves to love. And every single one of us deserves to make the most out of the money that we have. That's my Valentine's Day wish for every single one of us.
Amen. Orman, by the way, came out in February 2007.